My Brother…Nikhil

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My Brother… Nikhil
My Brother… Nikhil 2005 film.jpg
Directed by Onir
Produced by Sanjay Suri
Vicky Tejwani
Raj Kaushal
Screenplay by Onir
Story by Onir
Starring Sanjay Suri
Juhi Chawla
Victor Banerjee
Purab Kohli
Narrated by Juhi Chawla
Music by Viveck Philip
Cinematography Arvind Kannabiran
Release date
  • 25 March 2005 (2005-03-25)
Running time
120 min
Country India
Language Hindi

My Brother… Nikhil is a 2005 Indian film set in Goa, based on the life of Dominic d'Souza.[1] The movie portrays the life of the protagonist, Nikhil, from 1987 to 1994, when AIDS awareness in India was considerably low. Onir, the film director, stated that the film is based on true historical fact, and the standard disclaimer about fictitious content was just a compromise with the Indian government to gain permission to make the film.[2]


This film is set in Goa between 1986 and 1994. Nikhil Kapoor (Sanjay Suri) is the state all round swimming champion. His father Navin Kapoor (Victor Banerjee) has raised his son to be a sports man, a dream that he never achieved for himself. His elder sister Anamika (Juhi Chawla) teaches in a primary school and loves him dearly. His mother Anita Rosario Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) adores him and from her he inherited his artistic side to his personality.

After Nikhil is diagnosed with HIV his life falls apart. He is removed from the swimming team and his parents throw him out of their house. One day he is arrested because he is HIV positive. He is kept in forced isolation by law as the Goa Public Health Act allowed the government to isolate HIV positive people. His parents desert him and his friends move away. The only two people who stand by him are his sister Anamika and his boyfriend Nigel (Purab Kohli). Despite facing threats from the community, Anamika and Nigel are able to secure his release with the help of a lawyer. Nikhil is unable to find a job at first, but then becomes a music teacher. Anamika and Nigel start an AIDS assistance organization called People Positive. As Nikhil develops AIDS he is reconciled with his mother and finally his father. After Nikhil's death, his parents begin to treat Nigel like a son.


The film was highly appreciated world-wide and Juhi Chawla won the Zee Best Actress Critic Award for her performance.



Track # Song Singer(s)
1 Aa Bhi Ja Aa Bhi Ja Lucky Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan
2 Bolo Tum Bolo Kunal Ganjawala
3 I Miss My Little Boy Theme
4 Kabhi Josh
5 Le Chale 1 Shaan
6 Le Chale 2 KK
7 Le Chale 3 Sunidhi Chauhan
8 Mahiya Sunidhi Chauhan
9 Leaving Home Theme
10 Mere Sapne Kavita Krishnamurthy[3]
11 Till We Meet Again Vivek Philip
12 Woh Kaun Hai Sunidhi Chauhan


  1. ^ Ferrão, R. Benedito. "My Friend... Dominic".  External link in |website= (help);
  2. ^ Review of My Brother Nikhil (page 2)
  3. ^ My Brother… Nikhil songs

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