Indian-American actress diagnosed with breast cancer

Indian-American actress diagnosed with breast cancer

Namrata Singh Gujral

Namrata is undergoing radical cancer treatments including chemotherapy, but is currently producing and directing "1 a Minute", a docu drama on Cancer with Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Kelly McGillis, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Baldwin, Danny Baldwin, Diahann Carroll and Bollywood's Mumtaz and Priya Dutt, among others, a media release said.

The film is expected to hit global theaters in 2010 to raise global awareness on cancer, with a focus on breast cancer. This comes on the heels of cancer diagnosis for Lisa Ray, another India actress, who will also be featured in this documentary.

Gujral received rave reviews for her performance as 'Shelley' in the Warner Brothers release, 'Americanising Shelly' (currently opening around the world)and also bagged awards including 'Best Female Actor' at CTFF 2008 (which she shared with Stephen Baldwin for 'Flyboys').

Gujral also made her singing debut in 2008 with Dancin' in the clouds, a never-been-done-before 'Country Rock' meets 'Bollywood' style duet, which is being included in the 'Guinness Book of Records', the statement said.

A 1998 graduate from the University of West Florida, Namrata moved to Hollywood in 2001 and was quickly "taft-hartleyed" into the Screen Actors Guild after booking the recurring role of 'Fari Bin Ghori' on CBS's The Agency, produced by Wolfgang Peterson ('Troy').

This was followed rapidly by castings as 'Nurse Kathy' (a five year stint) on NBC’s Passions (2001-2005) and the role of 'Renu Mathur' in Blockbuster 'Kaante' with Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt.

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