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Gere, Richie pen AIDS song for India

Gere will spread AIDS message through India's version of Pop Idol and American Idol. Special: Surviving AIDS

india Updated: Nov 30, 2005 20:48 IST

Actor Richard Gere and singer Lionel Richie have co-written a song to raise awareness about AIDS in India.

According to, Gere has promised to help spread the message about HIV to India's youth through India's version of "Pop Idol" and "American Idol".

He says, "We did some stuff with 'Indian Idol'. I asked Lionel Richie if he had a song like 'We are the world' (Band Aid charity hit), and he did."

"We changed some lyrics and created a song around HIV and responsibility, they (contestants) performed it on the show."

First Published: Nov 30, 2005 15:10 IST