Science on Screen: Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
Experience the unique combination of a feature film and a relevant talk from a notable local figure in science.
Pre-film presentation: “Is Laughter the Best Medicine?” by Sara Tabtabai, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, UConn Health. Dr. Tabtabai will discuss the effects of laughter on the cardiovascular system and overall health as well as the proven negative effects of emotional stress on cardiac function.
About the Speaker
Dr. Sara Tabtabai is a graduate of Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease followed by an advanced clinical and research fellowship in heart failure and transplantation at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
The film is 3 Idiots, a 2009 comedy from Director Rajkumar Hirani, one of the most successful Indian films of all time.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Javed Jaffrey, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan
“Years after graduating from engineering school, Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Joshi) go off in search of their disappeared best friend and classmate, Rancho (Khan). The trio — the three idiots of the title — give the movie all the elements that make a Bollywood film so great to watch: a heavy dose of comedy, complex father-son relationships and class-defying friendships…No wonder it’s one of Bollywood’s highest-grossing films of all time.” – Miral Sattar, TIME Magazine
Science on Screen® is a film series that features “creative pairings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.” Real Art Ways was one of the eight original theaters chosen nationally to curate our own series.
Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE. With major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION
"Very much a character-driven piece, which not only makes the laughs bigger but also earns a deeper involvement."
"A fabulous achievement across the board."
"There's an unavoidable joie de vivre...and a performance charm that make this one of the more naturally gregarious Bollywood imports."
DIRECTED BY Rajkumar Hirani
REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $5
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $4.50
SENIORS (65+): $7
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $7
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