Breast Cancer hits Indo-American Actress at 33

October 04, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
Los Angeles, October 4, 2009: Indo-American actress, Namrata Singh Gujral, of Warner Brothers release "AMERICANIZING SHELLEY" and Bollywood's "KAANTE" is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, in the midst of Breast Cancer awareness month.

Gujral 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. The film is expected to hit global theaters in 2010 to raise global awareness on cancer, with a focus on Breast Cancer.

Gujral received rave reviews for her performance as "Shelley" in the WARNER BROTHERS release, AMERICANIZING SHELLEY (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, currently playing on VH1, CMT and MTV, a never-been-done-before "Country Rock" meets "Bollywood" style duet, which is being included in the Guinness Book of Records. She cut this single with country star Steve Azar("Waitin' On Joe" w/ Morgan Freeman). With this hit single, Gujral becomes the first Eastern artist ever to make it to CMT and bags another first for finally placing an Eastern language (Hindi) in Country Music for the first time in history.

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 Bollywood Blockbuster KAANTE with stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt.

From the role of Pakistani-American "Saira Ahmed" in CBS's FAMILY LAW (for which Namrata, along with co-stars Tony Danza and Kathleen Quinlan, were Columbia Tristar's official nomination for EMMY AWARDS 2002) to playing the lead role of German-Samoan beauty, Anna Kraus in THE SHARK HUNTER, where she co-starred with Yancy Arias (Miss Saigon), Namrata has portrayed a variety of ethnicities in Film, TV and Theater.

Along with her acting career, Gujral also serves as President of UniGlobe Entertainment. Gujral has been invited as guest speaker at several high profile global events including FICCI FRAMES 2008.

Often referred to as "America's Spiciest Sweetheart", Gujral's other credits include ABC's DRAGNET, GENERAL HOSPITAL and more. In 2003, Namrata was invited to play a cameo in Dreamwork's HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG. Although the role was small, Gujral found this an opportunity to work with Ben Kingsley and accepted the role in this Oscar winning feature. She also featured in Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke starrer TRAINING DAY.

Gujral has also lent her voice to the role of "Jaya Kushala", a principal character in Microsoft's X-BOX game QUANTUM REDSHIFT and played principal roles in various commercials for Toyota, Cox Communications, WWF, The Learning Channel, WorldXchange and many others.

Gujral has been featured (Covers and Editorials) in US media like ABC, NBC, E!, FHM, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Variety, Nashville Scene and more. Internationally, she has graced many covers (and been featured) in Germany, Canada, Australia and more.

Gujral was chosen as "Actress-Of-The Week" for the "Celebrity Profile" section of AskMen.Com and declared "Babe-Of-The-Week" in the US (a title she shares with Jessica Simpson, Faith Hill and Heather Locklear).

Gujral's upcoming projects include lead roles in Bollywood's MITSEIN and HIMALAYAN RHAPSODY (both due for release in 2009), but shoot on her current features STILL, TIE THAT BINDS and 5 WEDDINGS, has been temporarily suspended.

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