December 3 is World Autism Awareness Day and several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have invited Priyanka Chopra, who in her latest film played an autistic girl, to celebrate the day with them. Priyanka has responded to all those NGOs by requesting them to come together for a combined event. A source close to her confirms, “Yes, it’s true she has been contacted by various NGOs for the cause. She would love to be a part of the celebration but it’s not possible for Priyanka to attend various events simultaneously so she has asked them to come together.”
Earlier, for her performance in Barfi!, Priyanka had closely studied the behaviour and body language of an autistic child by interacting with autistic kids. The film has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars, and recently got a standing ovation when it was screened at the Busan International Film Festival. Priyanka, who was in LA to shoot for a music video, flew to Korea to be a part of the screening.
My guess is this is obviously different from the World Autism Awareness Day celebrated on April 2nd, most likely a regional effort.
Either way, more awareness = more good. -Ed