I forgot… I remember ….. I’m lost…..I don’t know my address….I remember….I am driving but I don’t know where was I going… I remember…. What is my name… I don’t know how to walk anymore… I have forgotten how to chew…. I have no control over my own life… Who am I…. Unbelievable but true… This is the world of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s, a disease with no cure, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, poor self-care, and behavioural issues. As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the typical life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.
‘I Remember’, winner of Los Angeles Film Award, Accolade Global Film Award, Awareness Film Award, Cult Critic Award, New Delhi Film Festival Award, Virgin Spring Cinefest Award, a film produced and directed by a senior journalist, Geeta Lal Sahai, leaves us numb with emotion. It creates an awareness of the disease that can be understood by anyone at any age.
Based on true cases, the film takes us through the journey of the protagonist Adhira, played by Ms Gayatri Sharma, who is hit by the disease at an early age, while she is at the peak of her career. It ultimately leads to her slow and painful death. The story unfolds with Adhira failing to reach an Award Ceremony where she is to receive a prestigious award because she simply forgot about it. Driving aimlessly and confused on the roads, she reaches home in the evening to be met by her family, who question her about missing the function.
The story moves ahead with Adhira being diagnosed with Alzheimer and various other incidents that take place depicting the painful degeneration of her brain. Over time Adhira loses complete control over her life, so much so that one day while walking in her drawing-room, she just stops; not knowing how to take the next step forward. It is the story of her family, comprising of a loving husband and daughter, who as caregivers, not only deal with their own set of emotions in accepting the truth but who also have to move on with their day-to-day lives to fulfil their own responsibilities. It is the story of a daughter who is torn between the need to be by her mother’s side and aspirations for higher education.
The audience is speechless when the movie ends, a compliment in itself. The catharsis is the tears in our eyes and the goosebumps on our arms.
-Ananya Yadav, Amity International School, Noida2 Likes