Set in a coastal town in tropical South India, THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL tells the story of junior doctor, Ruby Walker, who arrives in India looking for a job and a distraction from her heartbreak. She anticipates the sunshine, the palm trees and picture-perfect beaches. She’s even prepared for the sacred cows, the tuk-tuks and the Delhi-belly that everyone warned her about. What she doesn’t expect are the realities of work, life and even love at an under-resourced and over-worked cottage hospital.

goodkarmahospitalseries1bluStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2017
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Run time: 287 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

This is a pretty average TV series. It’s a fictional hospital series that could have been completely recorded in a studio (as some of it obviously has been) but has many externals of an exotic (to the rest of us) tropical sub-continent coastal locality. Whether it is Indian or Sri Lankan in the end is of little consequence because it is the atmosphere that is important not the accuracy. Often it is too difficult to satisfactorily film in an original locality.

There may have been good reasons why a Sri Lankan rather than a Southern Indian location was chosen, much the same as the recent films that have been made in Australia but set elsewhere, e.g. financial incentives. Another example is the use of Canadian cities for externals instead of New York. I guess we all have to get used to it and accept what film is all about – imagination!

Movie Quality: 6/10

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes
  • Photo Gallery

Special Features: 3/10

Final Thoughts

Overall, I think the Indian community would be just as offended as the Sri Lankan community for this mischaracterization! A total lack of integrity on the par of the ITV producers.
Overall Rating: 6/10