UN Women Canada National Committee

UN Women Canada National Committee

June 22, 2012 11:50 ET

Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, Joins Hands With Bollywood Stars to Champion Women's Economic Empowerment and Launch New Film, "Teri Meri Kahaani"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2012) -

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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, will be addressing a conference of media personalities at the Red Carpet Premier of the new Bollywood hit Teri Meri Kahaani, alongside renowned Bollywood celebrities Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Ms. Jiwani is the first National Committee President to solicit and advocate for the active role of Bollywood actors and industry professionals to raise the profile of women within the industry.

At the engagement, Ms. Jiwani will address the topic of women's economic empowerment in cinematic arts, and describe the potential of mainstream media and film to raise awareness of women's rights and equality issues.

Anticipating Mr. Kapoor and Ms. Chopra's visit to Canada, Ms. Jiwani stated, "It is my great pleasure to meet Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, two talented actors and devoted humanitarians. Both of them have used their celebrity and trade to promote real issues facing regular women and girls in India through the artistic medium of film. As the largest film industry in the world, Bollywood has the capacity to reach billions of people in India and abroad, and educate this audience about the importance of gender equality and women's empowerment, while also fostering social change. I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr. Kapoor and Ms. Chopra for their excellent work and present to them the UN Women Canada award for Excellence in Cinematic Arts to commemorate their contribution to the arts and acknowledge their use of film to showcase tangible issues, dynamics, and solutions to social challenges facing women, girls, and families across India."

Etobicoke Motors, Harshal Dave & Esquire Viva Entertainment are proud to present Teri Meri Kahaani, one of the year's most highly anticipated Bollywood films. It will have its World Premiere Friday June 22 at 7:00 pm at the famed Winter Garden Theatre in downtown Toronto. The film's international stars, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, along with director Kunal Kohli, will walk the red carpet and greet excited fans.

Teri Meri Kahaani is a complex love story that takes the viewer through many eras and weaves its way around the world from 1960's Bombay to England in 2012 and back to the beginning of the 1900's in Punjab. The relationships of many couples will be tested during these time periods. The viewer will witness a journey of eternal love over the course of time.

Critically acclaimed Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor was instrumental in bringing the premiere to Toronto after falling in love with the city during the filming of Kismat Konnection. "I love Toronto and I have such fantastic memories of the city when I was filming Kismat Konnection," says Kapoor. "I'm so excited to share my latest film Teri Meri Kahaani with all my fans here." As for the film's leading lady, Priyanka is just as eager to return to Toronto after last summer's International Indian Film Academy Awards. "The Toronto fans were so welcoming last year when I was here for the IFFA awards and I look forward to returning to Canada to premiere Teri Meri Kahaani," says Chopra.

Multi-talented director, Kunal Kohli started his career directing music videos and creating television shows for Zee TV. Kunal transitioned into films by directing Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Hum Tum and Fanaa with Yash Raj Films. His career has diversified to include judging and hosting duties in India. In 2010, Kunal Kohli's production company produced Break Ke Baad starring Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan. Kunal's latest project Teri Meri Kahaani showcases his writing and directing abilities.

About the National Committee for UN Women-Canada

The National Committee for UN Women - Canada raises UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; raises funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian governments for increased funding for UN Women projects; and encourages non-governmental organizations to promote and support UN Women initiatives.

For an interview with Ms. Almas Jiwani, president of UN Women Canada or for more information about UN Women Canada National Committee please contact:

Ms. Andrea Smith or Ms. Anubha Momin
Research and Communications
UN Women Canada National Committee

About Esquire Viva

Esquire Viva Entertainment is the leader in production and presentation of South Asian events and concerts. Launching in Canada in the eighties, the group has now expanded worldwide. With years of experience, Altaf Kassam, President, and Yasmin Kassam, Event Director, pay attention to every aspect to ensure the great success of every event. From inception to delivery Esquire Viva is committed to excellence.

About Harshal Dave

Harshal Dave is a Toronto-based entrepreneur who distinguished himself at an early age with success producing live concert events. He owns several of Toronto's top nightclubs in the Entertainment District, including his marquee club, RICH located on Richmond Street, a celebrity favourite, and his newest addition OhSo, located nearby on Peter Street.

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