Who says Bollywood doesn’t have a heart!
It was one hour and fifteen minutes behind schedule. But it was possibly the shortest press conference one had ever attended with the members on the dais - Sanjay Dutt, Rhea Pillai Dutt, Bunty Walia and director Akashdeep, Marco Ricci heads - giving the briefest of speeches and then dispersing without the mandatory press q and a. Complaints aside, the press conference though was for a noble cause and probably Bush and Musharraf would like to know what it was about - promoting peace through youth across the globe.Sample this: Of the six billion people in the world today, 50 per cent as below the age of 35. The young people who will assume leadership in the future are facing many challenges that generations before them have not. PEACE is what one wants and peace what the youth will have to promote. Helping them in this endeavour would be The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a NGO, which was set up in 1997 and has been functional in India for the past three years. Founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (now you know the Rhea Pillai Dutt connection, who's a big follower of The Art of Living and is the director of the Mumbai chapter of the organisation) and the Dalai Lama the organisation will host the three-day World Youth Peace Summit India in Bangalore from December 7. As a prelude to it, Sanjay Dutt has initiated the 'Marco Ricci Each One Reach One Benefit Concert' with of course Marco Ricci, a brand which he represents, Metro Shoes, Sahara Manoranjan, Radio Mirchi and Bombay Blue as the main sponsors who will generate funds for the mega event which will be put together by GS Entertainment. A galaxy of film stars led by Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee and many others will be part of the concert to be held at the MMRDA grounds at Bandra on November 8. Top models too would grace the event with fashion designers Vikram Phadnis and Shaina NC showing their wares. Interestingly, none of the participants have charged their fee. "When Sanjay told them about this summit, they very graciously accepted to be a part of it. In fact their willingness to support this cause amazed me," says Rhea adding, "Cricket and entertainment are two of India's favourite indulgences so it was only natural to think of something like this concert to garner support."Since the target is youth, the IAHV also plans to tackle various issues through them and so at the summit in Bangalore, youth icons from various fields like Leander Paes, Bhaichung Bhutia, Ekta Kapoor and others would talk on different issues and create awareness about world peace. All these undertakings in the different parts of the world will culminate into the Global Youth Peace Summit to be held in Kenya in October 2004. Interestingly the concert won't have donor passes as entry is by invitation only, so you can catch the action live at 9 pm, on the same night on Sahara TV. Who says Bollywood doesn't have a heart! PS: Though it was quite evident that Sanjay and Rhea have drifted apart, it was indeed touching to see the couple at least come together for a greater cause and pledge support to each other in this endeavour!