Sushmita wants to be close to reality
Sushmita Sen, who will team up with Hollywood actress Ashley Judd for a very special rendezvous with sex workers of Mumbai next month, says she need brushes with reality to keep herself grounded.
"Look at the work that Judd has done for AIDS and other causes. It makes me feel so small. Acting is all very fine. But real life is far more important," Sushmita told IANS.
The two well-known actors will create AIDS awareness in Mumbai's most thickly populated red-light area.
"A lot of us celebrities lose touch with our basic purpose, namely to use our names to further causes and issues that make a difference to underprivileged lives. Unfortunately, a lot of times our names and funds get exploited in the wrong hands."
Such experiences aren't going to deter Sushmita from reaching out whenever she can. On Feb 18 she headed for St Catherine's Home in Andheri to spend the day with special HIV-infected children.
"Ideally, I wouldn't have wanted cameras to follow me there. But then I realise the whole purpose of such interactions is to create an awareness about people who aren't as happily placed in life as me or my daughter Renee, hence the absolutely invaluable role of the media."
Renee, in fact, accompanied her mom to the orphanage.
"Between the two of us I don't know who's more excited. I didn't go there to make the kids feel better. The whole idea is to make myself feel better. I really need this brush with reality to keep me grounded and to reassure me about the quality of my life."
The day with the children at St Catherine's was meticulously chalked out for Sushmita and Renee.
"There was a movie, gifts including dolls and yes, lots and lots of chocolates. Believe me, there's nothing kids enjoy more than chocolates."