Today is Florence Nightingale's birthday. Every year on May 12th we celebrate her legacy with Nurse Day, The medical profession is by far among the noblest ones, so Bollywood made several fictional as well as non-fictional movies based on the medical profession. In this blog, I have selected 15 such films starting from Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani(1946) to Kabir Singh (2019)
As per my research, the first film on this profession was in the silent era The film was Imperial Film Company's Nurse. also called "Daya ki Devi,” (1927), directed by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani. Sulochna (Ruby Myers) played the role of a nurse.
It was a 1946 film in Hindi as well as English, written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and directed by V. Shantaram, he played the title role in both versions. The film was based on the life of Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian doctor who worked in China during the Japanese invasion in World War II.
Dil Ek Mandir is a 1963 film directed by C. V. Sridhar. The film stars Rajendra Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar and Mehmood.Sita (Meena Kumari) is married to Ram (Raaj Kumar), who is diagnosed to have cancer. Ram is admitted to a hospital where he is to be treated by Dr. Dharmesh (Rajendra Kumar). Dr. Dharmesh is Sita's former love and both of them are very much uncomfortable interacting in front of Sita's husband. Sita suspects that Dr. Dharmesh will not be able to give her husband fair treatment because of his love interest in her. When she mentions this to him he promises her that he will try his best to save her husband. Ram overhears this conversation and later suggests to Sita that she should marry Dr. Dharmesh after his death.
Tere Mere Sapne is a 1971 film produced by Dev Anand, and written and directed by his brother Vijay Anand for Navketan Films. Dev Anand and Vijay Anand both played the role of a doctor. Dr. Anand Kumar attains his degree in medicine and re-locates to a small village to assist the local doctors there. Upon arrival, he is met by the ailing Dr. Prasad and his wife, and hired on a salary of Rs.250/- per month. He meets with the other doctors namely Dr. Kothari, an alcoholic, and Dr. Bhutani, a dentist.