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Actress Shruti Haasan records her voice in Mumbai, India for the TeachAIDS animated software
Amala Akkineni
Actress & Social Activist
Passionate about improving social welfare, Amala Akkineni is active with 18 unique organizations for causes ranging from animal welfare, environment issues, child welfare, women’s empowerment, and HIV education. As a beloved and multitalented actress, she starred in more than 50 films before the age of 25, across 5 Indian languages, including a Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress. In 1992, at the peak of her career, she left the film industry to devote herself full time to the betterment of society, co-founding the reputable animal rights NGO Blue Cross of Hyderabad with her husband, renowned actor Nagarjuna Akkineni. Along with serving as Chairperson of Blue Cross, Akkineni is on the Board of Green Peace India, an Ambassador for Al Gore’s Climate Change program, the official celebrity spokesperson for Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, and an Ambassador for UNICEF India. In 2005, she worked alongside Richard Gere, and a number of other Indian celebrities, on the ‘A Time for Heroes campaign aimed to further sensitize the Indian press on issues related to properly reporting HIV and AIDS in the media. In 2012, she briefly returned to the screen in Life is Beautiful, for which she received critical acclaim and popular awards, including a CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress and a Filmfare Awards South for Best Supporting Actress. Akkineni is a Trustee for TeachAIDS India Trust, aimed to develop several localized Indian language versions of the TeachAIDS animations to maximize impact across the country of over 1 billion people.
Amitabh Bachchan
Actor & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most celebrated actors in the history of Indian cinema. He has garnered numerous distinctions over four decades, including three National Film Awards as Best Actor and fourteen Filmfare Awards. In 2001, the Government of India awarded him with the prestigious Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the arts. He has received international acclaim, attaining several honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards as well as the French Government’s highest civilian honor for his contributions to cinema and society. His notable films include Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Kabhi Kabhie, Don, Silsila, and countless others. He is also the iconic host of the nationally syndicated Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Hindi version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and serves as an ambassador for several brands and causes. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for Polio on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund, through which he has launched a number of educational initiatives to raise knowledge around positive health behaviors. Mr. Bachchan donated his talents as the male doctor in the English and Hindi versions of the TeachAIDS animations.
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Actor, Director & Producer
Having starred in over 75 films, Nagarjuna Akkineni is one of the most prominent actors, directors, and producers in the Telugu film industry. Through the National Film Awards, Nandi Awards, and Filmfare Awards, Akkineni has been honored for his artistic excellence by the Indian government, film critics, and the general public. Always promoting quality cinema with fresh entertainment, Akkineni has set precedents that have won him a permanent place in the hearts of millions. In addition to donating his voice as the male doctor in the Telugu TeachAIDS animations, Akkineni serves on the TeachAIDS Advisory Board. He has donated access and technical support at his renowned Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh for recording TeachAIDS sessions, and advises on marketing, outreach and distribution strategies.
Shabana Azmi
Actress, Former Indian Parliamentarian & UN Goodwill Ambassador
Shabhana Azmi is a former member of India’s Parliament and one of South Asia’s most renowned actresses. She has played a role in more than 100 films, spanning the Hindi, parallel and foreign genres, and is a four-time winner of the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In addition to her tremendous contributions to the film industry, Azmi is also highly regarded for her social activism. Throughout the years she has been awarded countless honors and recognitions, including the Gandhi International Peace Award, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, and the Padma Shri from the Indian government. She is a member of the National AIDS Commission of India and was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1997. Azmi is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.Azmi donated her voice as the female doctor in the Indian English, Hindi and Urdu TeachAIDS animations.
   
Game Goabaone Bantsi (Zeus)
Hip-Hop Artist
Hip-hop artist Game Goabaone Batsi, better known by his stage name Zeus, is the winner of the coveted Channel O Music Video Award and one of the most talented hip-hop artists in Botswana. The young entrepreneur founded his own recording company, D.I.Y. Entertainment, through which he released the popular album Freshly Baked. In 2008, Freshly Baked was nominated for the 2008 Album of the Year at the MTN-HYPE Magazine Hip Hop Awards. His song “Imagination” was also nominated for an award by Channel O in the category of Best Reggae Dancehall. In 2009, his song “Gijima” won the Best Hip Hop Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards, a pan-African award ceremony celebrating the top music artists on the continent. Zeus supports a number of social ventures, including Youth Health Organization (YOHO), a PEPFAR-supported program dedicated to reducing new HIV infections among youth.Zeus donated his voice to the role of the male student in the Botswana English and Setswana TeachAIDS animations.
   
Mahesh Bhatt
Director, Producer & Screenwriter
Winner of the National Film Award, the most prestigious film award in India, Mahesh Bhatt is a prominent film director, producer and screenwriter. Bhatt has directed or produced more than 60 films, and is known for his unconventional style of filmmaking and his unique depiction of subjects, which reflect many of his experiences in life. In the 1970s, he became a follower of Osho Rajneesh, and later found spiritual companionship and guidance with philosopher U.G. Krishnamurti, who Bhatt wrote in about in two books, U.G. Krishnamurti: A Life and A Taste of Life: The Last Days of U.G. Krishnamurti. Bhatt serves on the TeachAIDS Advisory Board, continuing his commitment to confronting challenging issues around human health and social justice.
   
Kopil Bora
Film, Theater & Television Actor
The multitalented actor and director, Kopil Bora, is an icon in Assamese cinema, theater, and television. Known for his roles in films such as Gun Gun Gane Gane, Aahir Bhairav, Jetuka Pator Dore, and Dwaar. Bora is also a committed stage actor. He first got his start with his college’s Shakespeare Society, and has since acted in more than 50 plays under several eminent directors. He also makes frequent appearances on television, both as a regular actor on several TV series and as the host of popular shows such as Voice of Assam, Spelling Genius, and Axom Idol. The multitalented Bora maintains a credible reputation in radio as well, serving as a voice artist of AIR (All India Radio).Kopil Bora plays the character of the male student in the Assamese version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Anu Choudhury
Actress
Having starred in more than 50 films across Odia and Bengali cinema, Anu Choudhury is a leading actress in multiple genres. Choudhury was exposed to cinema from an early age and played child roles in several films. After graduation from university in 1998, Choudhury debuted as the leading actress in Maa Gojabayani, for which she received critical acclaim and commercial success. Since then, Choudhury has become a four-time winner of the Odisha State Film Award for Best Actress for Gare Sindura Dhare Luha, Om Shanti OmSasu Ghara Chalijibi, and Rakhi Bandhili Mo Rakhiba Mana.Anu Choudhury plays the energetic female student in the Odia version of the TeachAIDS tutorials.
   
Malaya Goswami
Actress, Director & Professor
Award-winning actress, director, and radio personality, Malaya Goswami, has made a dramatic impact on Assamese theater and cinema with over 30 years in the industry. The actress has starred in over 30 stage productions, directed several performances, and played the lead in several award-winning films such as Firingoti. Goswami is the first Assamese actress to win the National Film Award for Best Actress, which she received for her role in Firingoti. Moreover, she has been showcased in over 40 radio plays with All India Radio (AIR). A true humanitarian at heart, she is actively involved in several social initiatives including Arptia, a socio-cultural organization founded by Goswami to help women and children in distress. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Jagiroad College, where she has been teaching for more than 30 years.Malaya Goswami has given her talents as the voice of the female doctor in the Assamese version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Shruti Haasan
Actress, Singer & Model
Shruti Haasan is a singer-turned-actress with a beautiful and recognizable voice. She is also an accomplished songwriter, composer, and model. Daughter of award-winning actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika, Haasan started her singing career at the age of 6, performing a song in her father’s film Thevar Magan. Haasan has since served as a vocal artist for several films, including Hey Ram, En Mana Vaanil, Vaaranam Aaayiram, and Luck, a film in which she played the lead role opposite Imran Khan. Haasan also wrote, composed, and performed the soundtrack for the film Unnaipol Oruvan. She has won awards for Best Debut-Female at the 59th Filmfare Awards and Best Actress at the 60th Filmfare Awards.Shruti Haasan donated her voice to the role of the female student in the Indian English, Hindi and Tamil versions of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Oratile Jazzelle Kebakile
Radio Personality
Celebrated radio personality Oratile Jazzelle Kebakile, known popularly as Jazzelle, hosts “The Gabz fm Sunrise” weekday mornings with seasoned journalist Thebe Mogapi. Gabz fm is a contemporary radio station that broadcasts nationally across Botswana and is available worldwide. Jazzelle’s show is a blend of hard-hitting interviews, social issue debates, and interactive sessions with youth. Trained as a Public Relations Practitioner, she has worked with some of Southern Africa’s most well respected organizations, including ESPAfrika (The Cape Town International Jazz Festival), Hotwire PRC, TBWA/Medcom and OP Advertising. Jazzelle has emceed a variety of high profile events including the 2009 Coca Cola World Cup Trophy Tour. Jazzelle has gifted her voice to the role of the female doctor character in the Botswana TeachAIDS animations.
   
Imran Khan
Actor
Beloved Bollywood actor, Imran Khan, began his movie career as a child actor in 1988 where he played the younger version of his uncle Aamir Khan in the blockbusters Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Both movies were produced by his grandfather Nasir Hussain and directed by his uncle Mansoor Khan. After studying filmmaking in Los Angeles and acting in Mumbai at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute, Khan debuted as the lead actor in Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, for which he won multiple awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut in 2009. In the next five years, Khan has returned to the silver screen as the lead in 10 more films, with romantic comedies such as I Hate Luv Storys and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu as well as the notorious darker comedy Delhi Belly. Khan is known in the movie industry for his passionate commitment to improve social welfare, speaking publicly about issues such as animal welfare, LGBT rights, and women’s rights, amongst others.Imran Khan donated his voice to the role of the male student in the Indian English and Hindi versions of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Suhasini Maniratnam
Actress, Director, Producer & Writer
Acclaimed for her contributions to South Indian Cinema, actress and director Suhasini Maniratnam is one of the most influential Indian actresses of her time. She has acted in the Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam film industries, winning the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Sindhu Bhairavi. She has also won five Filmfare Awards for Best Actress – Kannada, making her the most awarded winner in the category thus far. For her work in other languages, she has won best actress at the Nandi AwardsKerala State Film Awards, and Filmfare Awards – Telugu. She also wrote and directed the film Indira, which won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. This well-lauded icon is committed to empowering women and runs the Naam Foundation to support underprivileged single women, especially those who have been deserted by their husbands. She is also the niece of celebrated actor Kamal Hassan and is married to the legendary filmmaker Mani Ratnam.Suhasini Maniratnam plays the role of the female doctor in the Kannada version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Thato Maruping (Tref)
Hip-Hop Artist
Hip-hop artist Thato Maruping, known better by her stage name Tref, is one of Botswana’s rising Motswako stars, and one of only a few females embracing that genre. At 22, she signed with her second record company Hail Earth Records. Tref’s three hit songs play on radio stations and television programs across the country. She is one of the seven upcoming artists collaborating with three established hip-hop artists — Kast, Scar and Zeus — to release the first ever HIV/AIDS oriented rap compilation in Botswana. The artists each worked on individual songs based on personal life experiences and issues affecting society. Tref donated her voice to the role of the female student in the Botswana English and Setswana TeachAIDS animations.
   
Thato Matlhabaphiri (Scar)
Hip-Hop Artist & Idols East Africa Judge
Hip-hop artist Thato Matlhabaphiri, known as Scar, is a judge on Idols East Africa. As a judge, his pan-African search for the next big star took him to places like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. A native to Botswana, Scar’s music has dominated the Botswana hip-hop industry since 2001, with the release of three studio albums. His work has been critically acclaimed, receiving two awards at the annual Botswana Hip Hop Music Awards (BHIPMA) in 2004, for Lyricist of the Year and Track of the Year (“My People”). He also has his own morning radio show reaching thousands of youth across the country. Scar was nominated several times for the coveted Channel O Music Video Awards, and won the prestigious award for Best Hip Hop Video in 2007. He has also guest starred in productions like Big Brother Africa, the Annual Miss Botswana pageant, and the 2009 Road to MTV Africa Music Awardsin Kenya.Scar donated his voice to the role of the male doctor in the Botswana English and Setswana TeachAIDS animations.
   
Festus Mogae
Former President of Botswana
His Excellency Festus Mogae was President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. Through his leadership, Botswana experienced steady economic growth that has characterized its post-independence history. President Mogae has won international praise for his indelible efforts to combat the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Botswana, one of the countries hit hardest. He is credited as one of the first heads of state in the world to get publicly tested for HIV. He was one of the first African leaders to chair his country’s National AIDS Council, which he continues to chair today. Under President Mogae’s administration, Botswana became the first country in Africa to provide free anti-retroviral therapy to citizens most in need. In 2004, he introduced routine “opt-out” HIV testing, which has since dramatically increased the number of people who know their HIV status. President Mogae has received a number of international awards, including the 2008 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership and the Grand Cross of the Legion d’honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. President Mogae serves on the TeachAIDS Advisory Board, continuing his efforts and work towards an HIV-free generation.
   
Aruna Mohanty
Dancer & Choreographer
Described as a dancer of astounding talent, charisma, and breathtaking expression, Aruna Mohanty is an instructor of dance and an influential leader at the Orissa Dance Academy. Mohanty is considered one of the pioneers in the field. Her unconventional approach to dance and choreography is particularly unique considering her careful attention to preserving the basic structure and aesthetics of the art. Her dance reflects her belief in the connection between dance and the soul as she blends various forms into a beautiful collection of movement. Mohanty is well known for her devotion, perseverance, and commitment to dance. She was awarded a fellowship by the national government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development for her contribution to the field of Odissi Dance. In 2010, she was presented the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the Government of India.Aruna Mohanty plays the character of the female doctor in the Odia version of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Phurbu T. Namgyal
Singer/Songwriter & Social Activist
Acclaimed singer and songwriter, Phurbu T. Namgyal has been the name and the voice of Tibetan contemporary music since his debut album Shambala, in 1994. From Lhasa to Dhasa and from Europe to America, his music can be heard in Tibetan households and at gatherings around the world. Since 1994, Namgyal has composed more than 100 songs, released 11 different albums, and collaborated with musicians in Tibet, India, the United States and Bhutan. He has won several prestigious Tibetan Music Awards, including Best Tibetan Music Album of the Year for With You in 2005 and Chak sum tsel in 2007. In addition to his distinguished music career, Namgyal is dedicated to numerous social causes that benefit the global Tibetan community. He is the founder of The Om Charity, which provides medical support and health insurance for disenfranchised Tibetans in India; and recently established the Dhumra project to protect and promote the heritage of Tibetan language, art and childrens’ songs. Namgyal has lent his voice and likeness to the inquisitive student character in the Tibetan version of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Prashanta Nanda
Actor & Former Minister of State of Odisha
In addition to his former positions as Minister of Education and Minister of State of Odisha, Prashanta Nanda has played a key role in the Odia film industry as an actor, director, screenplay writer, lyricist, and playback singer. In 1962, Nanda won the award for Best Actor through India’s National Film Award for his debut role in Nua Bou. Over the next four decades, he brought Odia films into the national spotlight by winning the National Film Awards twice. His directorial success Jianta Bhoota received national accolades as the year’s best film on the environment and conservation. In addition, Nanda remains involved with the political and social welfare of the state of Odisha. He served as the Bharatiya Janata Party‘s (BJP) senior leader and the Odisha state BJP Vice President. He now serves as a member of the legislative assembly as part of the ruling Biju Janata Dal party.Prashanta Nanda donated his voice as the male doctor in the Odia version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Akash Das Nayak
Actor
Actor Akash Das Nayak is well known for his dynamic acting skills and charisma on the silver screen. Many consider him to be the new face of the Odia film industry, and he is especially recognized for his roles in action-oriented films. Nephew of veteran film actress Anita Dash, Nayak made his film debut in the movie Kalinga Putra in 2008, the same year that he completed his law degree from the prestigious Utkal University. His performance garnered him commercial and critical acclaim. For his role as an honest police officer, Akash received the State Award for Best Actor, a commendable achievement for a debut performance. In 2012, he was bestowed with the Harekrushna Mahtab Award from the honorable Governor of Odisha.Akash Das Nayak plays the character of the male student in the Odia version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Amol Palekar
Actor & Filmmaker
Amol Palekar, a renowned Indian actor, filmmaker, painter, and theater practitioner, is known for his creative contributions to the fine arts and performing arts. He has been a recipient of many national and international awards. His film Daayra (The Square Circle) was selected as part of the “top 10 best films of the world” in 1996 by TIME magazine. His film Paheli (The Riddle) was India’s official 2006 entry for the Best Foreign Film category at the 78th Academy Awards. Palekar is also a committed social activist in the areas of the environment, cultural enhancement, health and social justice. Palekar and his wife, Sandhya Gokhale, a committed lawyer and a renowned scriptwriter, generously donated their expertise and insights to the development of the Marathi animation script. Palekar plays the role of the male doctor in the Marathi TeachAIDS animations.
   
Navdeep Pallapollu
Actor
Actor Navdeep Pallapollu has appeared in over 20 films, which have highlighted his remarkable versatility. The Telugu and Tamil film industry’s “heartthrob”, he made his film debut in the 2004 Telugu romantic film Jai, a hit throughout India. Following this, he starred in a Tamil national blockbuster, Arinthum Arvamalum, alongside award-winning actor Prakash Raj and music director Yuvan Shankar Raja. His 2005 film Gowtam SSC garnered the Kamsya (Bronze) Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. He has since gone on to star in films such as Aegan, Arya 2, Oh My Friend, Baadshah, and Bangaru Kodipetta, where he stars alongside fellow TeachAIDS Telugu icon Swati. Pallapollu gifted his voice to the role of the male student in the Telugu TeachAIDS animations.
   
Anu Prabhakar
Actress
Anu Prabhakar started her acting career early as a child actor in Chapala Chennigarya and Shanthi Kranthi. She has since starred in numerous hit films, including playing the lead role in Hrudaya Hrudaya with veteran actor Shivarajkumar. Her work has been recognized with a Cinema Express Award for Best Actress as well as a two-time winner of the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in Shaapa and Pareekshe. Prabhakar has also been honored by Bangalore’s Kolada Math with the title of ‘Abhinaya Saraswathi’. She is the daughter of noted actress and dubbing artist, Gayathri Prabhakar, and the daughter-in-law of legendary South Indian actress, Jayanthi. Prabhakar has been recognized as one of India’s top 100 beautiful women.Anu Prabhakar has donated her talent toward the female student in the Kannada version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Vijay Raghavendra
Actor
Celebrated Kannada actor and recent winner of Big Boss Kannada (the Indian equivalent of Big Brother), Vijay Raghavendra is son of renowned producer S. A. Chinne Gowda, related to the legendary Rajkumar, and cousin of industry icons ShivrajkumarRaghavendra Rajkumar, and Puneeth Rajkumar. Growing up with this family background, Raghavendra began his career early as a child actor in the movies Chalisuva Modagalu, Chinnari Mutha and Kotreshi Kanasu. He earned a National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his performance in Kotreshi Kanasu. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada. Since then, Raghavendra has transitioned into lead roles in several films and has produced over 30 movies. His performances have garnered incredible success in films such as Kallarali HoovagiRishiKaranji, and Snehitaruamongst others. Vijay Raghavendra joins TeachAIDS as the male student in the Kannada version of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Dr. Tsetan Dorji Sadutshang
Personal Physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dr. Tsetan Dorji Sadutshang has served as Personal Physician to  His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama since 1988. In addition to these duties, Dr. Sadutshang strives to promote the highest standards of health in the greater Tibetan community by serving as the Chief Medical Officer of the prestigious Delek Hospital in Dharamsala, India. After obtaining medical degrees at the universities of Chennai and Wales, Dr. Sadutshang received a  Master of Public Health at Harvard University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has an academic interest in infectious diseases and mental health, and has authored several books and scientific articles on tuberculosis and Tibetan torture survivors. A firm believer in integrated medicine, Dr. Sadutshang is a founding board member of the Central Council of Traditional Medicine. Committed to the welfare of all Tibetans, Dr. Sadutshang is a board member of the Tibet Charity, which strives to support marginalized segments of the Tibetan community in exile. He has generously donated his voice and likeness to the role of the sage male doctor in the Tibetan version of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Pranjal Saikia
Actor, Director & Producer
Pranjal Saikia, active in the Assamese film industry since 1996, is one of the most influential actors, directors, and producers in the state. After completing his degree at the National School of Drama in Delhi, Saikia served as the Directorate of Cultural Affairs for the Assam government. Since then, he has starred in more than 30 films, 25 television shows, and 98 theatrical productions. He is widely recognized for his performances on stage and screen as well as for more than 70 audio plays on All India Radio (AIR). Additionally, Saikia has been selected as an ambassador for peace by the Universal Peace Federation. In 2008, Saikia won a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gurukul Sangeet Nritya Kala Kendra University. Currently, he is a member of the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and continues to work in stage plays, films, radio, and television.Pranjal Saikia donated his voice to the role of the male doctor in the Assamese version of the TeachAIDS tutorials.
Anushka Shetty
Actress
Telugu and Tamil actress Anushka Shetty has been performing in films since 2005. She rose to the top with her debut in Puri Jagannath’s movie Super alongside the living legend Nagarjuna. Soon after, she acted as the leading lady in several productions, including S.S. Rajamouli’s Vikramarkudu and Raghava Lawrence’s Don, making her a superstar among the masses. In 2009, she played the title character in the blockbuster hit Arundhati, for which she won several accolades including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, the Nandi Special Jury Award, and the CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury). Shetty has continued to win Best Actress awards for her roles in films such as Vettaikaaran, VedhamDeiva Thirumagal, and Dhamarukam. A beloved public figure, she has been recognized with the Kalaimamani Awardfrom the Tamil Nadu state government.Anushka Shetty plays the role of the erudite female doctor in the Telugu and Tamil versions of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Siddharth
Actor, Singer, Writer & Producer
Indian actor, producer, writer, and playback singer Siddharth got his start in the film industry as the assistant director to Mani Ratnam on the film Kannathil Muthamittal. Soon thereafter he debuted in S. Shankar’s Boys, in which he played the role of Munna. The film was originally made in Tamil then dubbed in Telugu, which gave Siddharth an opportunity to enter both the Tamil and Telugu film industries simultaneously. His first official Telugu film was Prabhu Deva’s Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, for which he received the Filmfare Best Actor Award – Telugu. Siddharth is particularly celebrated for his role in the iconic Bollywood movie, Rang De Basanti. He played the character of Karan Singhania and garnered the Star Screen Debut Award for his powerhouse performance. He has previously worked on the short film Blood Brothers, which was part of Mira Nair‘s AIDS Jaago initiative. The film was a collaboration of Bollywood director, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Oscar-winning cinematographer, Guillermo Navarro, and was showcased at the Toronto International Film Festivalin 2007.Siddharth brings charisma to the role of the curious male student in the Tamil language version of the TeachAIDS tutorials.
   
Sudeep
Actor, Director & Producer
Famous for his roles in the Kannada and Bollywood film industries, Sudeep is a celebrated actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his roles in Kannada films such as SparshaHuchcha, and Mussanje Maatu in his earlier years and Veera MadakariJust Math MathalliOnly Vishnuvardhana, and Eega more recently. Three years in a row, he won the acclaimed Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for his roles in Huchcha, Nandi, and Swathi Muthu. He has also been recognized with the Karnataka State Award for Best Actor, which is considered the highest award bestowed upon outstanding films and performers by the Karnataka state government. More recently, he won several awards including Best Supporting Actor – Telugu at the 60th Filmfare Awards for his role in Eega.Sudeep gifted his voice to the role of the wise male doctor in the Kannada version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Suriya
Actor & Producer
Suriya is one of the most celebrated actors in India and one of the most recognized names in Tamil cinema. He is known for his versatility, with roles spanning numerous genres. The son of noted actor Sivakumar, Suriya completed his debut performance in the Tamil movie Nerrukku Ner in 1997. Since then, he has gone on to become a three-time winner for both the Tamil Nadu State Film Award and the Filmfare Awards South. In 2013, he won the award for Best Actor in Tamil at the 60th Filmfare Awards. In addition, Suriya’s movies have attained record-breaking commercial success. In 2009, he starred in the highest grossing Tamil film of the year, the action-thriller Ayan. Aside from acting, Suriya has produced several films and also dedicated much of his time to philanthropy. In 2008, he started the Agaram Foundation, philanthropic organization that funds efforts to help children who drop out of school in Tamil Nadu.Suriya plays the role of the male doctor in the Tamil version of the TeachAIDS software.
   
Swati
Actress & TV Anchor
South Indian talent Swati is a widely recognized youth actress and is known for her work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. She became an overnight success through her role as a TV anchor on the popular Telugu television show “Colours” on Maa TV, which promptly led her to acting in films. Swati made her film debut in 2006 in the Telugu film Danger, and is best known for her performance in the smash hit Subramaniyapuram, for which she was nominated for the 2008 Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award. In 2009, she acted in the popular Telugu film Ashta Chamma, for which she won the Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award and the Nandi Award for Best Actress. In 2011, she debuted her voice as a playback singer, recording songs for her films Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju and 100% Love. Popular among Indian youth, Swati plays the role of the female student in the Telugu version of the TeachAIDS animations.
   
Zerifa Wahid
Film, Theater & Television Actress
Zerifa Wahid, known as the “Leading Lady” of Assamese cinema, is an eminent actress across film, theater, and television. She has also launched her own production companyZerifa Wahid Productions, to promote the success of theater and the performing arts in Assam. Wahid started her acting career as a child star in Abhimaan, followed by numerous lead roles in films, television series, and stage plays. More recently, Wahid starred in Baandhon, a film that received national acclaim, garnering the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese and Best Indian Film at the Bengaluru International Film Festival. Additionally, she has received Best Actress by the Government of Assam for her performance in the film Agnisakshi. Wahid is also a practicing lawyer in the Gauhati High Court.Zerifa Wahid donated her voice for the role of the female student in the Assamese version of the TeachAIDS animations.