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DPS Girl bags Lead Role in Cancer film

15 April 2009
Ahmedabad, India

With the number of people falling victim to cancer increasing with every passing year, there is a pressing need to spread awareness about the disease. Raaj Ruparel, a noted film director has come up with a thirty–minute documentary, ‘Can I Borrow a Tomorrow’, which will not only educate the people about the fatal disease but will also help them fight social atrocities.

The film will be screened at various places in the city, including R3 mall, Delhi Public School and Honest restaurant, on May 22.

This short film on cancer has been sent for the international film festival, and has been made in association with the Gujarat Cancer Society in Ahmedabad. The story is about an 11–year–old orphan girl, Mini, who is diagnosed with last–stage cancer. It is about the experiences of a cancer patient; her will to fight back and help the society.

The character of Mini is played by Farwa Dheer, a student of class VIII in Delhi Public School. Sharing her excitement about the film, Dheer said, “ I always wanted to do something for society, and this film has given me that opportunity. I was determined to do this film after I actually met a few patients.”

“I have tried to convey three very important messages through this film. One is to educate cancer patients and assure them that the disease can be cured if detected at the right time, second to let them know about Gujarat Cancer Society, which has some of the best cancer specialists and technologies in India and third is about social cancer,” said director Raaj Ruparel, who is also the CEO of Mira’s, a firm which specialises in making human touch short films for international film festivals. Mira’s has also received an award from former vice–president of the US Al Gore for a short film on global warming.

“Mini, the protagonist, is devastated when she learns about her ailment, but still gathers the courage to fight the disease. One day, when her brother takes her out, she looks around to see people littering streets; there’s poverty everywhere. This is what I call social cancer which is plaguing the society and needs to be rooted out,” said Ruparel.

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