Bollywood’s top leading actresses, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Nandita Das, star in the film “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi,” produced by Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, who are also the brand ambassadors of the initiative, and also star in it. Amitabh Bachchan is narrating the film.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi” narrates the stories of eight girls from Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone, and their fight to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams.
The Hindi version of the film is all set to air on Star Plus at 1.30 p.m. IST, August 29 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The film is a collaboration between the government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, the Girl Rising campaign and Star TV. It will also be released on digital platforms in both Hindi and English.
Priyanka and Freida, who were the narrators in the international film “Girl Rising” took the initiative to produce this special film for India. “Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi… it’s what I’ve truly believed in and it’s a motto shared by every one of the amazing women who have joined me on this journey for Girl Rising. We’ve all come together to narrate real life stories that highlight the amazing, positive impact that education can have on young girls. We believe that storytelling is a powerful way to inspire people and also to empower them to take action,” said Priyanka.
“We are also very humbled and thankful to have the support of the PM and the remarkable Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign. Together, I know we can all make a difference in getting closer to our objective of ensuring that all girls get through secondary school. Every girl has the right to education and the more girls we educate the more our country stands to gain,” she added.
“There couldn’t be a more appropriate day to bring to every Indian a movement that is so crucial in changing the way we perceive the role of girls and raise our boys in our country. As a producer of Girl Rising India, I was very honoured to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June to talk about Girl Rising and he not only embraced the idea but also suggested that we launch it on Raksha Bandhan,” said Freida.
Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi said she was “very happy about the collaboration between the ministry’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign and Girl Rising”.
“The child sex ratio in India is a matter of concern for all of us. Time has come to initiate more interventions and consolidate our efforts to secure the future of our girls,” she added.
Star India CEO Uday Shankar said: “On this Raksha Bandhan, Star Plus will be presenting Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi, a ground-breaking film designed to inspire a billion imaginations. We believe that the happiness of a nation depends on how we treat our daughters.”
The film in English, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, had released in 2013 and showcases the stories of eight resilient girls from different countries who battled obstacles to achieve their dreams.