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Farhan Akhtar: "Using the Creative Arts for Social Change" | Talks at Google

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Published on Jun 15, 2016

Bollywood Superstar Farhan Akhtar joins Talks at Google to chat on his career in cinema and how he is using the creative arts to bring social change for the causes he is most passionate about.

Moderated by Anant Shukla.

About Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is an acclaimed Bollywood actor, singer-songwriter, director, producer and humanitarian. He has directed A-list stars on groundbreaking and trendsetting projects such as Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Don and Don 2. He is an equally accomplished actor with acclaimed performances in Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do, and most recently Wazir. He was recognized with a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He is the Co-Founder of Excel Entertainment and his Performance Experience, Farhan Live, which promotes his social causes.

Farhan Akhtar has not only made his presence felt in the Indian film industry with his versatility, but has also represented the voice of numerous concerned men on the important issue of gender equality and violence against women and girls in India through his Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) campaign. MARD has partnered with Google India on the Helping Women Get Online initiative (http://hwgo.com), a campaign to empower women by enabling them to use the Internet. In 2014, he was selected as the first male UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia and has been an active part of the HeForShe Campaign. For more information, check out http://www.therealmard.org/.

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