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Our Favorite On-Screen Doctors: Celebrating National Doctor’s Day

National Doctor’s Day is a time to honour the real-life heroes who work tirelessly to save lives. It is also a moment to celebrate the memorable portrayals of doctors in Indian cinema.

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By Dhwani Joshi
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National Doctor’s Day is a time to honour the real-life heroes who work tirelessly to save lives. It is also a moment to celebrate the memorable portrayals of doctors in Indian cinema, whose performances have left a mark on our hearts. Here are five beloved doctor characters that have become iconic over the years.

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1) Boman Irani as Dr. Asthana in 'Munna Bhai MBBS'  

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Boman Irani’s portrayal of Dr. Asthana in 'Munna Bhai MBBS' is a memorable one. As the strict dean of a medical college, his character is initially depicted as rigid and authoritarian, however, the film beautifully captures his transformation. Dr. Asthana’s journey from a strict figure to one who embraces compassion is touching and inspiring. Boman Irani’s impeccable timing and expressive acting brought a perfect balance of humour and depth to the character.

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2) Shah Rukh Khan in 'Dear Zindagi'  

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In 'Dear Zindagi,' Shah Rukh Khan plays Dr. Jehangir Khan, a therapist who helps Alia Bhatt’s character navigate her emotional struggles. His calm and understanding demeanour and insightful life lessons made Dr. Jehangir is a beloved character among fans.

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3) Amitabh Bachchan in 'Anand'  

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Amitabh Bachchan’s role as Dr. Bhaskar in 'Anand' is a classic. His portrayal of a dedicated and compassionate doctor caring for a terminally ill patient, played by Rajesh Khanna, showcases the deep bond that can develop between a doctor and their patient.

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4) Kareena Kapoor Khan in 'Udta Punjab'  

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Kareena Kapoor Khan’s performance as Dr Preet Sahni in 'Udta Punjab' highlights the struggles of a doctor working amidst the drug epidemic in Punjab. Her character is a beacon of hope and resilience, fighting against the odds to make a difference.

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5) Sonali Bendre in 'Kal Ho Na Ho'  

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Sonali Bendre’s brief but impactful role as Dr. Priya in 'Kal Ho Na Ho' remains etched in our memories. Her compassionate care for Aman, played by Shah Rukh Khan, exemplifies the empathy and dedication of medical professionals.

On National Doctor’s Day, we celebrate these fictional doctors who have inspired and entertained us, reminding us of the real heroes who dedicate their lives to healing others.

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