Actor, model, and humanitarian, Sheena Chohan, has been carving a name for herself in multiple diverse spaces. From being the brand ambassador for ‘Youth for Human Rights’ for South Asia to being nominated as best actress in international film festivals, and winning the wild card entry into Miss India Universe – ‘I am She’ (2010), Sheena has been making waves both in India and abroad.
Doing art films and ground work as an activist, Sheena joined hands with the president of ‘Youth for Human Rights’, Mary Shuttleworth about three to four years ago. She received the Illuminator Award in 2013 for her fruitful contributions. Apart from her work as an activist, Sheena has also been a part of the prolific Delhi theatre group ‘Asmita’ for two years under Arvid Guar.
I want to get fundraising done to sponsor women and children who are now enslaved or victims of human trafficking.”
Her debut as a lead-supporting role in the Malayalam thriller film ‘The Train’ opened many doors for Sheena. Since then she has worked as the lead character in multiple art films like Ant Story (2014), Patralekha (2012), Mukti (2012) – the Hindi adaptation of the famous poems by Rabindranath Tagore. Being nominated at high profile international film festivals such as The Shanghai International Film Festival and The Dubai International Film Festival sometimes gives one an air of arrogance, but not Sheena. She humbly explains how we, the common people, really don’t understand what ‘down-in-the-dumps’ moments feel like. She says, “I see the down-to-dirt moments that exist around us, and most times we are not even aware of them.” The movie Slumdog Millionaire left a deep impact on Sheena. So much so that it motivated her to take up working against child labour and for the upliftment of homeless children. Perhaps that is why Sheena believes in the importance of spreading as much happiness as possible. She does so through her work, and says, “I have always wanted to combine my service to humanity – a way to reach out to the millions and spiritually uplift them, to show and portray ordinary people rising above difficulties and doing extraordinary things, to work in films that promote the higher inner qualities and uplift, entertain, and inspire peoples’ hearts.”
Sheena is a unique combination of a kind compassionate nature paired with serious butt-kicking skills. She is trained in martial arts, and has a Brown Belt as testimony of her physical prowess. Backed by her mother’s support and encouragement Sheena experimented with art and other fields to blossom into the fine actress that she is today.
Educate yourself, connect with others in YFHR (Youth for Human Rights), get involved and active; think up creative ways you can teach the truth to others, and get the educator’s kits into a local school, write songs, plays, art pieces – discuss it with your friends!”
Expressing her motivation to continue her humanitarian work, Sheena says, “I want to work with others, build teams of volunteers willing to work with YFHR (Youth for Human Rights) and United for Human Rights programs; get the materials taught in schools and universities, mobilize writers, musicians, film makers and actors to popularize the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights” Not forgetting the twisted underbelly of our society, Sheena further adds, “I want to get fundraising done to sponsor women and children who are now enslaved or victims of human trafficking.”
Sheena Chohan appeals to the public to look up – www.sheenachohan.net, and understand what she along with so many others are fighting for, and understand what Human Rights actually pertains to. She says, “Educate yourself, connect with others in YFHR (Youth for Human Rights), get involved and active; think up creative ways you can teach the truth to others, and get the educator’s kits into a local school, write songs, plays, art pieces – discuss it with your friends!”
Sheena Chohan is a beacon of hope to many, while being an equally bright source of inspiration to others.