There's a wave of change in the industry. Indian actresses are not just putting India on the global map with their performances, but also taking initiatives to spark change in the world.
So, when we see a certain Priyanka Chopra making it big in West with Quantico and Baywatch, we also see the same Priyanka Chopra talking about child rights and gender equality at major international events. And not just talking, but making sense!
Here's the list of Indian actresses who are making us proud by taking the lead and actively participating in educating people on various global issues.
Richa Chadha: She has marked her name in the list of critically acclaimed actresses in the world. The Masaan actress is a firm believer in confronting issues that we tend to push under the carpet. Richa was recently chosen by a cosmetic brand to become the face of their social campaign called "The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence" which will help women who go through domestic violence not only in India but across the globe.
Frieda Pinto: Born and brought up in Mumbai, the actress rocketed to fame with her debut in SlumDog Millionaire which was an incredible hit across the globe. The actress has also starred in Hollywood movies like You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger directed by Woody Allen and big-budget sci-fi thriller Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Frieda is associated with the Agassi Foundation, an organisation by tennis greats Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, which looks to educate children.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: The winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant, Aishwarya is the jury member of the Cannes Film festival. In 2009, Rai was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train, an international charity that provides free Cleft lip and palate surgery to children in need. Her work with Smile Train focuses not only on India but also on 76 developing countries around the world.
Priyanka Chopra: The actress became the Miss World pageant holder in the year 2000 and has been on a roll since then. In 2010, PC extended her support internationally and became the grand ambassador of the UNICEF for promoting child rights and adolescences.
Nandita Das: Apart from making her career in acting and directing, the actress is also a writer by profession and has always believed in doing something good for the society which is evident from the choice of her films. Nandita has been conducting philanthropy talks around the world. She co-founded Leapfrog, an advertising organisation which aims to make socially conscious ad films. Recently, the actor became the face of a social campaign 'Dark is Beautiful', through which the actress has raised her voice against discrimination based on color.