He has always had the image of being an actor with a cause, but with his Copenhegan stint grabbing eyeballs, Rahul Bose has emerged as India’s new poster boy for the ‘Go Green’ brigade. While international celebrities such as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, British actress Helen Baxendale, UK’s Prince Charles, Danish model Helena Christensen flock to Copenhagen to lend celeb power to the UN Climate Summit, Bose makes headlines as a celebrity frontrunner from India.
On Sunday, Bose joined Christensen, Baxendale and over 25,000 others for the world’s largest-ever climate change march called The Flood. Braving the sub-zero temperature and looking dapper in a black jacket, Bose addressed the gathering sharing his thoughts about the Summit’s progress. His comments comparing developed countries to ‘soccer teams that cheat’ were picked by environmental blogs and news websites worldwide.
“Unlike Bollywood actors, who merely make public appearances in the name of a cause, Bose seems passionate in the war for green,” says Shyam Duggal, an environmental activist. Apart from writing a blog Go Green, Bose is a part of the global Climate Action Network, and the Chief Co-ordinator of a company providing solar energy solutions.
Not everyone, however, is appreciative of Bose’s ‘activism’. “It’s easy for actors to pick up a cause and get into the spotlight. Real activists slog for years,” says JNU researcher Anu Gupta.