Published on Jul 17, 2012
Because my world is not the same without you
Zoya Akhtar in collaboration with Ogaan Cancer Foundation has directed, scripted and conceptualised a public service announcement (PSA) focused on creating awareness about breast cancer. "I have shot with only men because I believe cancer is not gender specific. If a person has cancer in the family, everyone takes that journey with them," says Zoya.
Precaution is the best cure
The film brings together celebrities like Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor who emphasise on the importance of women in their life. Given that fear is the primary obstacle that holds women back from getting tested regularly, it's time that men everywhere step up and prioritise the health of the women in their lives.
What do women mean to you in your life?
Cinematographer Carlos Catalan has shot the film in stark black and white to evoke a documentary-like feel. Each actor talks about the influence, milestones and experiences regarding the women in his life, providing an intimate glimpse into a rarely-seen softer, emotional side. The film accentuates the fact that women are inherently sacrificing by nature, putting the needs of their partner and children before their own, consequently neglecting their own health.
Ogaan Cancer Foundation hopes to make men aware of this and urge women to make their health a priority too. It is critical to spread the message that early detection is the strongest weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
Concept, Script & Direction - Zoya Akhtar
Production Company - Excel Entertainment
Starring - Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor