Hippocratic Film – Dr MR Rajagopal

Narrated by David Suchet CBE

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”


Hippocratic is a feature-length film exploring the life story of this acclaimed Indian physician, Dr MR Rajagopal.  From cowardly child to fearless visionary, this compelling tale sees its hero come full-circle to rediscover the first principals of medicine.

This exquisite first-person account, narrated by David Suchet CBE, tells the story of an extraordinary global health leader in Dr MR Rajagopal, or Dr Raj, who is described by the New York Times as ‘the father of palliative care in India’.

Dr Raj is a small man with a big dream: a pain-free India.

His mission is to bring ethical practice to modern medicine through whole person care.  To achieve this he must provide universal access to essential, and heavily restricted, pain medicines.

Hence, this spiritual leader of ethical medicine now shares the story of his life’s work.  Reflecting on effecting change and relieving unnecessary human suffering in a country of 1.25 billion people, almost one sixth of the world’s population.

Most of all, be inspired by the impact that can be made by a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission and altering the course of history.


Modern medicine has lost its way.  The health care industry has boomed over the past 30 years and the goal of medical practice has become increasingly ambiguous.

Furthermore, in countries like India, the medical system is now fuelling poverty.  As a result one-third of all poverty in the country is due to disease and its treatment.  This is not a ‘developing world’ problem, in fact the lion’s share of this suffering is caused by unregulated western medical industrialists seeking to expand their global footprint.

Get ready to be transported through time and space on an unforgettable journey through India as ‘Hippocratic’ brings to light the realities of delivering on this promise and providing health care to the world’s most populous democratic society. 


Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World

Release: 14 October, 2017

Duration: 88 minutes

Genre:  Documentary/ Biography

Classification:  PG

Narrated by:  David Suchet CBE

Producers:  Mike Hill, Sue Collins

Director: Mike Hill

Production Company:  Moonshine Agency



Dr Stephen Connor, Chair of WHPCA said: “Watching Hippocratic is a deeply moving experience. Great wisdom is shared and the heart of palliative care is shown. A strong argument for palliative care in the developing world and much that developed countries need to learn or remember.” 

Professor Nate Hinerman of Golden Gate University said: “Once I started the film, I couldn’t turn it off. I think the film is completely brilliant! I loved it! Utter masterpiece! It captures the essence of our palliative care movement. This is must viewing for anyone in health care, for starters.”

eHospice said: A remarkable portrait of one extraordinary man and his life’s work to ease the suffering of his fellow humans, ‘Hippocratic – 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World’ is a must-see. Not only for people interested in palliative care, certainly for everyone working in healthcare, but also for each of us as human beings.

Dr Roger Woodruff of IAHPC Reviews said: “Wonderful. Hippocratic ideals, the wisdom of Gandhi, and the very essence of palliative care — all set against the bustle and poverty of India.  Anyone who works in palliative care will benefit from watching this film. If you work in a developing country, Raj’s determination and achievements will be an inspiration to you. If you work in a developed country, this film is a very good demonstration of the fundamental basics of palliative care.”

Red Carpet Crash said: “A motivational play from start to end, this documentary is definitely worth watching. Watch it for its inspiration, lessons, values and honesty. Watch it to know how living a fulfilled and happy life with those around us is the essence of our being.”

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