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Akshay is now king of hearts

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, who is increasingly supporting social causes and cinema with a purpose, says helping a cause and spreading awareness among people makes him happy.

Akshay has come on board as the face of a Happy Heart India campaign by Asian Heart Institute and The Times of India. It aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart and happy life. As part of this, 200 underprivileged children will get free heart surgery. “Seeing a child suffer an ailment and have little or no power to help them makes parents feel hurt. I am glad that this initiative will help 200 children and their families live a happy life. Helping a cause and reaching out to people for the same is what makes me happy.” He has been a long-term advocate in spreading a word on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

‘I do keep the media in mind when I script a story because every medium has its own target audience. The duration of my story will also vary from one to another. Every medium is an opportunity for me to grow because the formats are different. It gives me a chance to experiment and that is how we grow’

— Sujoy Ghosh

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri says it is good that many actresses are sharing photographs of themselves holding placards urging action in the Kathua rape case incident. He wishes they also voice their concerns against sexual exploitation in Bollywood. “It's good to see film heroines holding placards to make a point on Kathua tragedy. I wish they also hold a placard against the sexual exploitation of women in Bollywood. I wish they also refuse to do roles that portray heroines only as sex objects and dumb bimbos.”

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri says it is good that many actresses are sharing photographs of themselves holding placards urging action in the Kathua rape case incident. He wishes they also voice their concerns against sexual exploitation in Bollywood. “It's good to see film heroines holding placards to make a point on Kathua tragedy. I wish they also hold a placard against the sexual exploitation of women in Bollywood. I wish they also refuse to do roles that portray heroines only as sex objects and dumb bimbos.”

‘Playing Dolores changed my life’

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has said that she drew inspiration from her Westworld character Dolores Abernathy when she testified in front of the US Congress as a survivor of rape and sexual assault.

In February, the 30-year-old actor narrated her story when she appeared before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations to testify in the hope of getting the new Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Act passed.

Wood believes it was the character, a life-like robot in a theme park who rebels against those running the park, which helped her find her voice and provided her the courage to testify. “Playing this role completely changed my life — it transformed me,” said Wood.

 
 
 
 
 

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