“It's a very sharp and a very intelligent tool.” - Imran Khan, Actor
Beloved Indian actor and heartthrob Imran Khan has generously donated his time and talent to record his voice for the Hindi and Indian English versions of the TeachAIDS animated software. His role as the male student will parallel Shruti Haasan as the female student, asking inquisitive questions to educate the audience about HIV and AIDS.
As a child, Khan got his start playing the younger version of his uncle Aamir Khan in the blockbusters Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. The two films, produced by grandfather Nasir Hussain and directed by uncle Mansoor Khan, showed Imran Khan the power of cinema. He went on to study filmmaking, including direction, writing, and cinematography, in Los Angeles under the auspices of the New York Film Academy, then returned to Mumbai to study acting at the renowned Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute.
While at the institute, he honed his skills and 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. His most recent film, Gori Teri Pyaar Mein, has received coverage in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Khan has a strong commitment to social causes, speaking publicly about sensitive topics such as youth activism, political involvement, and sex education. He shared, “I think that if you're fortunate enough as a celebrity to be in a position where people will listen to you, where you can influence discussions, then I think that you have some kind of a responsibility to give back.” He is passionate about a range of issues including AIDS awareness, animal welfare, LGBT rights, and women’s rights, amongst others.
We are pleased to have Khan bring this same dedication to TeachAIDS, and lend his voice and likeness to this critical life-saving education for the youth of India. As the two most widely spoken languages in the country, the Hindi and Indian English versions of the educational materials will be distributed for free across the nation of more than 1 billion people.
Photo: Actor Imran Khan records his voice for the Hindi and Indian English versions of the TeachAIDS educational animations at BR Studios in Mumbai, India.