Colors has announced that it has signed Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh for a special three-part series, in which he will give his story on recovering from cancer treatment.
Committed to raise funds through sponsorships for the show, Colors will donate all proceeds to the YOUWECAN۪ Foundation. Apart from airing on Colors, the series will also be simulcast on Viacom18۪s youth entertainment brand MTV India.
The programme titled ‘Zindagi Abhi Baaki Hai’ will air in the coming weeks. With Zindagi Abhi Baaki Hai۪, he narrates his experience with the disease to create wider awareness on occurrence, early detection, and therapy. The show reveals his story from the first moment of shock on finding out that he has a rare form of cancer to his absolute grit and determination as he emerged as a winner while showcasing his will and determination to live especially as an active and healthy International cricketer.
Commenting on the occasion, Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors said, Colors has always stood for highlighting issues and matters of human interest. Taking a step further, we would like to extend our hand to the YOUWECAN۪ foundation in creating awareness about cancer and reaching out to people with a message of hope and inspiration with Zindagi Abhi Baaki Hai – a three part series. He further added Yuvi has proved that he۪s not only an awe-inspiring cricketer, but also a true champion. We understand fighting cancer takes a great amount of courage and resilience, something that Yuvi has personified. Whether on the field or off it, Yuvi continues to inspire millions of people across India; and our humble endeavor is to partner with him to contribute our bit towards cancer awareness.
Speaking on this emotional occasion, Yuvraj said, Through my battle with cancer, I have realized that what۪s within us matters more than what lies behind and ahead of us. Cancer is a disease that can eat through lives and I hope that my story inspires the millions affected by it to fight harder and conquer it. I am extremely glad that COLORS is supporting my cause and through Zindagi Abhi Baaki Hai, allowing my voice to reach millions of households across the country.”
Speaking on the partnership with Zindagi Abhi Baaki Hai۪, Ajay Kakar, Chief Marketing Officer – Financial Services, Aditya Birla Group said, At Birla Sun Life we are proud to have Yuvraj, not as a mere Brand Ambassador, but as a Philosophy Ambassador, who has chosen to share his fears and tears, as also his hopes and ambitions with the nation. So that they can plan and prepare their future, through ups and downs. He has given life to his belief and credo, that “Jab tak balla chal raha he, thaat hen…”. He just refuses to accept his illness as an end, but as an opportunity to plan and strive for his come-back. We salute his fighter spirit and remain committed and supportive of the person and his achievements both on and off the field. We are proud to partner COLORS and the YouWeCan Foundation to bring Yuvraj’s story to mass India so that it can touch many more lives and provide unprecedented inspiration to the nation.”
Talking further on this occasion, Gurmeet Sapal, Director of the television series said, One out of every eight Indians suffers from cancer. The poor seldom have the resources to fight it, and the rich don۪t like to talk about it. But the way Yuvi came out in the open and fought this disease gave hope to millions of cancer patients and their families. His story is capable of generating mass awareness on cancer and eventually bringing down the loss of precious lives. This story had to be told.
Earlier this year the star was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor (Stage-I) in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in the USA. He was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy in March and returned to India in April.
Since he returned to India, he has given interviews to a couple of news channels but this will be the first for an Indian entertainment channel and in this depth.