‘Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi’ Stars Bollywood Actresses for Girls’ Right to Education
“Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi” stars a bevy of Bollywood actresses for a cause and that is girls’ right to education in India. The collective popularity of Madhuri Dixit, Nandita Das, Sushmita Sen, Kareena Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Alia Bhatt is the power of the film “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi” to make a change in the typical patriarchal attitude towards girls in the underdeveloped regions of the country and give a bold voice to their right to education.
Produced by actresses Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, “Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi” is not just a film but a social campaign on a large scale. None other than Amitabh Bachchan has lent his baritone to the narration. In the pre-independence era, such great social reformers as Raja Rammohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Swami Vivekananda were vocal of girls’ education, freedom and empowerment. In current times, Bollywood is the face of New Media at global levels.
Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, both often hit international headlines for their stint in Hollywood, are the brand ambassadors of this social initiative for girls’ education, a collaboration between Star TV and Indian government’s “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” campaign. The film will be released in both Hindi and English and be available for viewing across digital platforms. Star TV will air the Hindi version of “Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi” on August 29, the day of Raksha Bandhan, at 1.30 PM.
In the film, the above-mentioned Bollywood actresses will narrate some real life stories of how impactful education can be for India’s girls in all spheres. The film uses an elucidating storytelling technique to make girls aware of their right to education and inspire people to take action towards achieving the mission, ‘Girl Rising’.
It is only education that can emancipate girls from all unjust bounds imposed on them in the name of religion, superstition and tradition. It is only education that can empower girls to stand against all social crimes. Recently, a Khap Panchayat in the rural backwaters of Uttar Pradesh ordered men to rape two Dalit sisters and parade them naked around as a form of punishment for their brother’s alleged elopement with his ladylove who belongs to the Jat community, a higher rung of the social ladder.
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We need more social campaigns like “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi” with combined power of Indian government, Bollywood, and traditional as well as digital media to root out all possible causes which deprive our girls’ of their right to education.