- Status Released
- Release date 01 May 2018
- Running time 1h 50m
- Genres Drama
The story follows seven strangers who are waiting for their HIV test results in a private clinic.
Thrown together by circumstance, most are initially reluctant to reveal anything about themselves, eventually swapping stories of the life circumstances that have led to their suspecting that they have HIV. Krishnamurthy, an elderly married man, had sex with a prostitute while on a work trip to Kolkata a few years earlier and learned that the colleague who encouraged him to do so died of AIDS recently, leading Krishnamurthy to get tested himself. Balamurugan, a younger man, had a premarital affair with a nurse working in an AIDS ward who succumbed to AIDS herself. Now married and with a baby on the way, he is concerned and wants to rule out the possibility of AIDS. Sheila George, a young woman on the cusp of marriage, was raped by a stranger while on a train journey and now, engaged to her childhood friend, wants to ensure she is not putting him at risk. There are also four others: a senior policeman Karunakaran who we learn frequents prostitutes; a lawyer who received a blood transfusion which could have been infected; a real estate agent who ran over an AIDS patient while drunk-driving and took him to the hospital while both he and the victim bled on each other, potentially leading to infection; and a college-going boy who shared a syringe with a late fellow drug addicted college goer (now dead from AIDS).
The test result is available no earlier than 5PM in the evening, leading to anxious moments as the group waits. Balamurugan, listening in on the receptionist's impassioned phone calls with her mother, realizes that she is in dire need of money. He shares this information with the others, and they bribe the receptionist to reveal their results earlier. After taking their money and attempting to get the lab technician to find out the results, all she shares with the group is that one of the seven has tested positive and that she does not know which one. Anxiety sets in as each of the waiting strangers worry that it may be them, while some remain in denial.
When the results arrive, the first five to receive their results jubilantly test negative for HIV, leaving only Krishnamurthy and Balamurugan to receive their results momentarily. Finally, Balamurugan also tests negative and the inconsolable Krishnamurthy staggers back to his seat, realizing the implications for himself and trying to wrap his head around the implications of his disease on his family and the ostracism they will likely face. As the lab closes down for the day, the technician apologizes to the receptionist for being unable to uncover the test results ahead as the wary practice doctor was watching him, but the receptionist tells him she managed the group by lying that one of them tested positive while in reality all seven tested negative. Unaware of this and still believing he has tested positive, Krishnamurthy is found to have died of shock while still seated in the waiting area.
The movie closes with some statistics on the AIDS epidemic and a request to treat patients with compassion.
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