THE ROLE OF LEGAL CINEMA IN REFORMING ARCHAIC LAWS
By Nikita D’Lima
Legal cinema and law have co-existed for the longest time. This paper puts forward an attempt to link the two through the process of a movie- Philadelphia. Released in 1993, the reception it received along with the immense critical acclaim was lauded by the masses. The contribution of legal cinema to law is quite self-explanatory. Presenting ideas on a big screen enables people to think about the possibilities that could follow, if those ideas were implemented. Such is also the case with the aforementioned movie, which sparked heavy debate about laws pertaining to HIV and the entire sphere of homosexuality. Through this paper, the laws and provisions regarding Human Immunodeficiency Virus in India along with the active measures that are being taken to increase awareness about the same will be highlighted. The concept of homosexuality and the stigma associated with it will also be discussed. The contribution of legal cinema and related case laws are mentioned as well.
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