Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has been chosen as the youth
icon by UNICEF India for promoting rights for children.

The ‘Andhadhun’ actor will work for children in India and has
joined Football legend David Beckham, who works on this campaign globally.

On Friday, the 35-year-old actor posted a video on Instagram where
he is talking to Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India. Haque can
be heard welcoming Ayushmann as a celebrity advocate for children’s rights.

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“I am delighted to welcome Ayushmann Khurrana as a UNICEF celebrity
advocate. He’s an actor who challenges the boundary of every role he plays. And
now he is here to challenge all of us to do more to ensure every child has a
safe and bright future,” Dr Haque said.

“He will bring a sensitivity, passion, and a powerful voice
for every child, with a specific focus towards ending violence against
children. Ayushmann’s support will help increase awareness about this important
issue, especially now with Covid-19 heightening the risk of violence and abuse
against children due to the extended lockdown and the socio-economic impacts of
the pandemic,” she added.

The ‘Badhaai
Ho’ actor expressed his happiness to have partnered with UNICEF. He said,
“I believe that everyone deserves the best start in life. As I watch my
children play in the safety and happiness of our home, I think about all the
children who never get to experience a safe childhood and grow up with violence
at home or outside.”

Ayushmann along with UNICEF is looking
forward to supporting “the rights of the most vulnerable children so that they
grow up as happier, healthier, educated citizens in nurturing environments free
from violence.”

On the work front, Ayushmann will
next be seen in ‘Shoot the Piano Player’ opposite Tabu, ‘Badhai Ho 2’, and ‘Googly’.