In the middle of next month, Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen has a very special rendezvous with the Red Street workers of Mumbai, India.
Hollywood actress Ashley Judd is coming to town. The two well known stars will join hands to create AIDS awareness in Mumbais most thickly populated red-light area.
Says Sushmita, Look at the work that Ashley has done for AIDS and other causes. It makes me feel so small. Acting is all very fine. But real life is far more important. A lot of us celebrities lose touch with our basic purpose, namely to use our names to further causes and issues that make a difference to underprivileged lives. Unfortunately a lot of times our names and funds get exploited in the wrong hands.
Such experiences aren’t going to deter Sushmita from reaching out whenever she can. In fact, on Sunday February 18, she headed for St Catherine’s Home in Andheri, Mumbai to spend the day with special HIV-infected children.
Ideally I wouldn’t have wanted cameras to follow me there. But then I realize the whole purpose of such interactions is to create awareness about people who aren’t as happily placed in life as me or my daughter Renee, hence the absolutely invaluable role of the media.