The popular South Indian Actress Trisha Krishnan became the first film actress from South India to be conferred with the UNICEF(The United Nations Children’s Fund) Celebrity status here on Monday. She is the first actor from the South Indian film industry to receive this honour, which was previously bestowed upon Bollywood celebrities like Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Raveena Tandon.
Speaking at the event here on Monday, Trisha said, “I feel honoured with this recognition. I commit myself to create more awareness on health, education, nutrition and protection of children, especially the adolescents and young people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. I would support the efforts of government to make Tamil Nadu malnutrition-free and open defecation free.”
Interacting with over 50 children at the function, she said education for girls was a magic bullet that would eliminate social evils.
“If all girls attended school, we can eliminate child marriage and child labour. In the long run, [providing] education to girls will also contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition,” she added. Making the announcement at a special function to mark the World Children’s Day, Job Zachariah, Chief of UNICEF office—Tamil Nadu and Kerala said Trisha was an icon for younger generation.
“She has the power to amplify the children’s issues and address violation of child rights in the family, community and in public spaces. She will also promote education and health of adolescents and the value of girl child in family and society.”
Trisha has acted in 64 films, including 38 in Tamil, 23 in Telugu and one each in Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam.
On the career front, Trisha is part of a romantic flick titled 96, in which she has been paired opposite Vijay Sethupathi. She is also shooting for her Malayalam debut film Hey Jude with Nivin Pauly. Trisha recently wrapped up shooting for her other much-awaited projects, including Garjanai, Sathurnga Vettai 2 and Mohini.
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