According to the Hindustan Times, Indian-American Namrata Singh Gujral is currently producing, directing, and co-starring in 1 a Minute, a docu-drama on cancer, while she undergoes “radical cancer treatments” for invasive breast cancer. The 33-year-old actress, best known for her roles in Warner Bros’ Americanizing Shelley and Bollywood’s Kaante, hopes to spread global awareness about cancer, with a focus on global breast cancer.
Joining Gujral as co-stars in the project are fellow cancer survivors and activists Lisa Ray (who was recently diagnosed with cancer) and plays a lesbian in The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight), Melissa Etheridge, Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Diahann Carroll, Morgan Brittany and Bollywood actresses Priya Dutt and Mumtaz.
Billy and Danny Baldwin, both of whose lives have been affected by cancer, also appear in the film. Out lesbian Kelly McGillis will narrate the docu-drama, which is expected to release globally in 2010.
Though Gujral is dealing with her own battle against breast cancer, her tagline for the film, “The clock is ticking…” stresses the importance of immediate global awareness, understanding and support for cancer research, especially for the millions of women who die every year from breast cancer.