MUMBAI:

Mira Nair, Kamal Hassan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Santosh Sivan will make four 12-minute films on AIDS for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Speaking to the NDTV Profit television channel, New York-based Nair revealed that she will begin shooting for the film, AIDS Jagao in Mumbai next month.

The four short films will be screened in theatres all over the country before the main feature is screened, Nair said. Her film will star Saif Ali Khan, Shiney Ahuja and Vidya Balan. It is based on a script by Zoya Akhtar, whose brother Farhan directed Don.

This week, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promised the India’s health ministry $23 million to combat AIDS in India.