Sleep related illnesses has been one of the major concerns of modern day lifestyle, which normally goes unchecked. Stressing on the sleep factor Rajahuli fame director Guru Deshpande returns as the producer for 'Gentleman', which talks about a man who sleeps for 18 hours a day!
While the movie starring Prajwal Devaraj in a sleepy mode alongside Nishvika and the newbie villain Arjun, is ready to hit the screens worldwide from February 7, many may argue on whether such a disorder really exists. To disprove such theories, the Gentleman's film team has managed to trace one such 'real gentleman'.
A 43-year-old Rajeev Bhasin, who lives in Mumbai has been suffering from attacks of hypersomnia on multiple occasions for over 10 years now. He had first experienced it at the age of 16, which later returned when he turned 33. While the protagonist in Gentleman portrayed by Prajwal Devaraj sleeps for 18 hours, Mr. Rajeev Bhasin, at one point of time sleeps for 20 hours a day.
"I learnt about the Kannada movie 'Gentleman' through social media when it was being launched. I was so happy that a film is being made around the sleeping disorder. There are a lot of people who do suffer from such disorders, and sadly most of them are not even aware of it, and hence they don't seek for medical treatment. I am sure that Gentleman will create awareness about it, and the need to treat it medically," says Rajeev Bhasin, adding that person's like are turned into a hero for a cause.
He thanks Guru Deshpande, and the entire team whom he contacted after learning about the movie Gentleman.
Producer Guru Deshpande says that he is very glad that their effort in making Gentleman is reaching the real people like Rajeev and helping common citizens the reality of sleep disorders and how it affects many, and the way forward
"Rajeev Bhasin contacted me from Mumbai and gave his valuable feedback on the movie. He even shared his experiences and his conditions. Due to his sleeping conditions, we could not get him in person to share his experience. Rajeev said he will watch Gentleman in theatre along with his family members," Guru Deshpande says.
Rajeev says that he first experienced the sleep disorder at the age of 16 before it returned again when he was 33.
"Each episode lasts for 4 to 10 weeks unless cured. At present, it runs for 16 weeks. With the episode sleep pattern is almost 15-16 hours. Earlier episode was much higher around 20 hours with complete fatigue, disorientation and congnitive disorders.," Rajeev shares.
He even adds that medication which has worked earlier to come out of episode does not help the next time.
Written and directed by Jadesh Kumar Hampi, the movie releases on February 7 at a theatre near you. Book your tickets to know more about how sleeping disorder spun around an entertaining venture mixed with good amount of romance, humour and thrills.