India's Hidden Plague

1hr 8min | 2007
In INDIA'S HIDDEN PLAGUE, Hollywood superstar Ashley Judd is on a mission. Far from her glamorous life in Hollywood, she is on a journey to Mumbai, India in her role as Global Ambassador for Youth AIDS and Population Services International (PSI) Board Member.

Mumbai is a city of shocking contrasts, where extreme poverty sits next to huge wealth, the poor next to millionaires. It's a place where HIV is rife.

Ashley's mission becomes a rollercoaster of emotions as she meets the people for whom AIDS is a frightening reality. As they tell their stories candidly and openly, Ashley hopes to take their voices and experiences back to a world that might take notice. She meets people such as Kausar, a gritty single mother of two, now helping others that have been affected; Geeta, who was kidnapped and sold into the sex trade and many others. All of them are trying to cope everyday with this deadly virus. Through this emotionally overwhelming story, Ashley tries to come to terms with the fragile way of life and the dire consequences resulting from the instability that the forgotten people of India face daily.

Lead by her heart and guided by the voices of those she meets along the way, Ashley takes her experiences to influential thinkers and policy makers to raise awareness and funds for PSI's HIV programs throughout India. In her mission, Ashley recruits the help of fellow Bollywood stars like Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen and Akshay Kumar, all of whom want to play their part in this war against AIDS.

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Topics: India, Celebrities, Poverty, Health, Medicine, Interview, People, Ashley Judd
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Tamara PM
Tamara PM
November 25, 2013
B+
John Franklin
John Franklin
June 2, 2012
I believe that many young people start out using condoms, or even intending to, but I don't think that condom use is consistent among many people, for a variety of reasons. If prevention of disease isn't consistent, you're going to have infection rates like what we're seeing across the globe.
Philip Sr.
Philip Sr.
April 14, 2012
I was in India recently for a month. I have also visited India twice before. This time I was profoundly shocked by the obvious separation between the rich and and poor. How could people get poorer than what they were. There seems to be corruption in Govt. and a socialized lack of. sympathy for the unfortunate. The beggars of course were the most visable little girls without a hand gets more rupees the exploitation of these vulnerable people is sickening especially the women and young girls who become discarded or just a commodity poor India such a human tragedy in the midst of a rapidly changing economy.
Linda Enger
Linda Enger
April 14, 2012
as long as westerners are pleased within our own confines no one really gives a shit and this too is tragic OM MANI PADME HUNG
April Chen
April Chen
June 11, 2012
om mani padme hum
Abhishek Nayak
Abhishek Nayak
July 7, 2012
poverty in india is a multidimensional issue and cannot be resolved in a few year time.It would take india 2-3 decades to eliminate extreme poverty.
David Pendergrass
David Pendergrass
July 7, 2012
Clear as mud. By all means, let's have all western governements/peeoples tell the Indians how to live their lives. You don't think that there are many people, influential people in India who can do a better job of talking about the threat of AIDS? Really?
David Peacock
David Peacock
July 15, 2012
I`m a little confused by your statement, "As long as westerners are pleased within our on confines no one really gives a shit." What does this mean? Why should what we here in the west think have any bearing on the behavior of people in India? Different people think different things about India. India is a big country and has a government that should be able to take care of its people. Why do so many Americans believe we should hand down life lessons to different countries around the world? I do not understand this mentality.
Matthew Coleman
Matthew Coleman
July 17, 2012
India has more millionaires that the US, so that should tell us something. And the Indian middle class is larger than the entire population of the UK. India tolerates this because it doesn't care about the poor. It is cultural, not economic.
Gerard Heck
Gerard Heck
July 18, 2012
Not unlike the recession in the USA...it takes time to turn around undesirable economic conditions. It will take more than 2-3 years. I may take anywhere from 5 to 10 years. It is a travesty that governments do not pay attention to the unfortunate and very poor. Not unlike conservative American politicians. Kudos to Ashley Judd!!
Abhishek Nayak
Abhishek Nayak
July 18, 2012
Matthew J Coleman ---Why do you lie in a public platform? India does not have more millionaires than USA.India has more people in middle class than UK simply because UK is a very small country where as India is the second largest country.Secondly india cares about it's poor but due to smaller economy and larger population india cannot provide sufficient benefits to it's people.No country can survive with ignoring it's population.
Laura Bauer
Laura Bauer
July 18, 2012
@Abhishek Nayak...probably more than a few decades, it took a long time to get this bad, and the worlds entire economy must improve drastically. But I must thank you for being a voice of reason on this site, most people get soooo extreme. Peace
Abhishek Nayak
Abhishek Nayak
July 19, 2012
@Laura Bauer- actually india's condition has improved and not worsened.But the rate of improvement has not been that great.india has achieved great success in polio & HIV control but has not been that successful in reducing child malnutrition and poverty.
Jerry Grimes
Jerry Grimes
April 6, 2012
The first six chapters of Genesis(KJV), is the solution, for REAL Christos. All else is of (6) man kind. There, but, for the Grace of YAH, go I.
Manik Bambha
Manik Bambha
January 24, 2012
Great movie
Manik Bambha
Manik Bambha
January 24, 2012
this movie also have Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen and Akshay Kumar in it
John Grundy
John Grundy
January 14, 2012
Bombay is one of my favorite cities. I love it there and know this happens. But not much I, as one person can do. I wish Indians would wise up!
Nancy Wheeler
Nancy Wheeler
January 3, 2012
Dear Creator please help these people. Right on Ashley.
Andy Lucchese
Andy Lucchese
January 4, 2012
PSI is a population control organization, very pro-abortion, and uses our tax dollars
David Donahue
David Donahue
January 2, 2012
Thank you Ashley for taking this on!
David Donahue
David Donahue
January 2, 2012
The truckers wife isn’t a woman.
Theazcowboy Az
Theazcowboy Az
January 1, 2012
Perhaps India's savaging of the people of Kashmir has sent 'God's' punishment to a socierty where people stave to death as billiond are spect to build ';illegal' nukes, IRBM's and billions in weapons purchases from the United Snakes (US/Israel).
David Pendergrass
David Pendergrass
July 7, 2012
If you had a brain, you might be capable of learning something. But such is not the case. Too bad.