Bollywood veterans like Waheeda Rehman, Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Om Puri have come together to raise funds for the treatment of poor cancer patients.
The fundraiser celebrating the 100 years of Indian Cinema, held last evening at the Taj Bengal Hotel here, had the stalwarts recalling lesser known anecdotes from the past while music and dialogues of the times created the aura of every decade.
Organised by the Tata Medical Centre in Kolkata, the unique program was aptly titled, in Bollywood style, Uff Yoo Maa. The Bengali film fraternity was represented by director Aparna Sen, actress Rituparna Sengupta and singer Usha Uthup.
Lauding the noble initiative for providing free or subsidised cancer treatment for poor patients, writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar said, "We can boast of the best hospitals in the world but the health of the common man has never been on the priority list of any state in India".