Ek Alag Mausam
A Screen Play (Penguin Petit)
"Aparna is still coming to terms with having contracted AIDS from her husband and being forced to end her pregnancy when she begins working at Jeevan Jyot, a hospice set up specifically for HIV patients. There, she meets George, another volunteer who also works with children, and starts developing feelings for him. In order to allow herself to be happy, she must get over the fears holding her back. But it isn't easy considering how society treats AIDS patients. At the hospice, they teach the kids to seize the day and celebrate life, but Aparna is struggling to accept that herself. A heartfelt, tender tribute to the forgotten survivors of a terrible epidemic, Mahesh Dattani beautifully highlights the issues of taboo and ignorance surrounding HIV/AIDS through this screenplay for the film Ek Alag Mausam. Directed by K.P. Sasi and starring Nandita Das, Rajit Kapur and Anupam Kher, the film was released in India in 2005."