Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan feature in a short film by British filmmaker and campaigner Richard Curtis to promote the first anniversary of the agreement of the UN’s Global Goals. Titled Plan, the idea behind the film is simple. Since 193 countries have made a plan, everyone should know there is a plan in place, a plan for the planet and a plan for the people on the planet. The film is a crazy mash-up of the A Team, Star Wars, Men in Black, Bollywood film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (courtesy of Reliance Entertainment and Dharma Productions) and many others.
The film begins with animated characters to film stars looking perplexed asking the general question…what is the plan? In this segment, the film features a clip of Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan from Dharma Productions’ Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, with Alia simply asking Varun, “Plan?” The film cuts to scenes where stars and animated characters announce that they have a plan. Then the film cuts to introducing the Sustainable Development Goals and what could be achieved if we met the Global Goals by 2030. Then we see various actors and characters, including a scene from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, where they excitedly announce how they have the perfect plan! The film is available online and will be showcased at high profile events including the Social Good Summit.
This week marks the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, signed by 193 world leaders on 25th September 2015 at the UN General Assembly. In the 7 days following, news of these Global Goals reached 40% of the world’s population, around 3 billion people.
In order to keep up momentum and ensure all 17 Goals are achieved, this year the UN and partners from around the world are launching #GlobalGoals Week – an annual week of action, awareness and accountability for Sustainable Development. At the centre of this week will be ‘SDG Year 1’, a special session at the UNGA Opening which will call on all world leaders to implement the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and mark progress in 2016.
It will include films, produced by Richard Curtis, writer, film-maker, SDG Advocate and founder of Project Everyone, a not for profit organisation that launched the Global Goals campaign. The campaign aims to bring together a powerful coalition of politics, civil society, business, and celebrities, to sustain awareness of the Global Goals to accelerate the creation of a fairer world by 2030, where extreme poverty has been eradicated, climate change is properly addressed and injustice and inequality are unacceptable.