Bollywood actors lend a helping hand to people in crisis

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Sonu Sood with some people he helped to travel from Mumbai to other parts of the country

Sonu Sood, Arjun Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Suniel Shetty, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna lead the effort

Our Bureau
Mumbai

As India reels from a severe attack of Covid-19, Bollywood actors are finally coming to the aid of ordinary people. While some stars have decided to go abroad, many are staying back and trying to help the ordinary people.

On Thursday, actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood appealed to the Centre and charitable organisations to think about the future of the children who have lost their parents in the pandemic. Taking it to Instagram, Sonu Sood shared a video, appealing to the government and the charitable organisations to think about the future of the children who lost their parents in the pandemic. Sood, who recently recovered from coronavirus, said, “I would like to request the government, the state government, central government or whichever institutes that are trying to help, that there should be a rule that whosoever has lost family members during COVID-19, the education of their kids, from school to college, be it in a government school or private school, should be free of cost.”

Alongside the video that garnered more than 1 million views within a few hours of being posted, he wrote, “Need to come together for every individual who has lost a loved one in this pandemic.”

Scores of fellow celebrities and fans chimed to the comments section and appreciated the star for bringing out the issue in public. Many stars like Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and others reshared his post, appealing to the government for the same cause.

Meanwhile, Actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula Kapoor’s online celebrity fundraising platform, ‘Fankind, has been silently working all through the pandemic to help people across India. The brother-sister duo raised over Rs. 1 crore and helped over 30,000 people and their families in need.

The ‘Ishaqzaade’ star said, “The pandemic has made us stare at an abyss of suffering. It has made us all step forward and help as many people as possible in our own, unique way. Anshula and I have tried to contribute through Fankind. I’m happy that we have helped about 30,000 people pan India and raised 1 crore to help aid those in crisis.”

Arjun Kapoor added, “From monthly ration kits to hot meals, to cash in hand for migrant workers, to providing hygiene kits for COVID-19 prevention, the initiative has managed to touch the lives of many and hopefully has helped them in a small way to fight the virus and its far-reaching devastating impact.”

The actor shared that he is really happy to have lent a helping hand during the crisis.

Also giving aid to people is Suniel Shetty who on Wednesday became the latest celebrity to extend help and support to all those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Joining an initiative to provide free oxygen concentrators, the actor took to his Twitter handle and announced, “We are going through some testing times, but a ray of hope in this is the way our people have joined hands to help each other.”

In a subsequent tweet, he also urged his followers to seek help, “This is an appeal to all my friends and fans. DM me if you need help, if you know someone who needs help, or if you want to contribute and be a part of this mission. Please amplify this as much as you can and help us help them.”

Speaking about joining the cause Suniel said, “It’s about giving back, about doing something constructive. This is a beautiful initiative, thought of Feed My City and KVN Foundation. Somewhere down the line, you feel blessed that you’re being given this opportunity to make a difference and it’s a need of the hour.

In another initiative, Siddhant Chaturvedi, who has been finding ways to keep fans entertained amid the grim COVID situation, on Wednesday crooned a song written and composed by him to brighten up your day. The ‘Gully Boy’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared a video in which he could be seen strumming a guitar from his house as he sang his composition, the lyrics of which he shared in his caption. The post from the talented star received more than 55 thousand like within a couple of hours after being posted.

It has been reported that filmmaker and actor Ajay Devgn has been working quietly with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to provide emergency medical facilities for Mumbaikars affected by COVID-19. The actor has joined hands with BMC and Hinduja Hospital to set up ICU (Intensive Care Units).

Local newspapers reported that BMC has converted Bharat Scouts & Guides Hall at Shivaji Park to a 20-bed COVID-19 facility with ventilators, oxygen support and para monitors. Devgn has helped by providing funds to the organisation through his social service wing NY Foundations.

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the country, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and his wife and author Twinkle Khanna have donated a hundred oxygen concentrators to an organization.

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