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    A roundup of trending celebrity-endorsed social campaigns.

    BE it standing up for education, the environment, basic human rights or one’s right to self-determination, celebrities the world over have always championed many personal and social causes. Here is our pick of recent campaigns which had stars at the forefront.

    Before the Flood: If Leonardo Di Caprio’s passionate speech at the Oscars didn’t convince you about his tireless crusade against climate change, this documentary with National Geographic will. Covering his three-year personal journey as the UN Messenger of Peace, the 90-minute film sees almost every aspect of the looming consequences of climate change–from coral bleaching to melting ice caps, from Canada to rural India. The film also has the actor speaking to scientists, activists and natives. Details: youtube.com/NationalGeographic

    Dobara Poocho: Deepika Padukone’s Live Love Foundation’s video talks about battling depression and offering support. We are shown three instances of people undergoing stress, finally breaking down when a loved ones repeatedly asks them “what’s wrong”. While the conversation is a vital one, the video has been criticised for stereotyping the disorder. Details: youtube.com

    Be the Bitch: The latest in the Blush video series features Shruti Haasan talking about the infamous name given to any woman who ‘dares to dream’. It is written and narrated by the actress, who is known for voicing her opinions and for her non-adherence to convention. The video has gone viral and asks women to own their decisions. Details: youtube.com

    —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

     

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