Celebrating positive media day with these Bollywood celebs
Dia Mirza: From HIV awareness to Narmada Bachao Andolan, Dia Mirza supports it all! She has been involved with Cancer Patients Aid Association, Radio Mirchi’s campaign “Deke Dekho,” to donate books to underprivileged children. She has faithfully worked with the government of Andhra Pradesh to prevent female feticide and spreading awareness for HIV. She has adopted two cheetah cubs at the zoological park of Luknow. With her dedication to a social cause, she has been awarded with the Green Award at IIFA 2012. The pretty actress has been involved with Cancer Patients Aid Association, Spastics Society of India, PETA, CRY and the NDTV Greenathon.
Aamir Khan: For quite sometime Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao are battling the draught situation in Maharashtra through their non-profit organisation ‘Paani Foundation’, founded by Aamir, his wife Kiran Rao and the team from the TV show Satyamev Jayate. It was launched in 2016, the very year in which Maharashtra had declared that 29,000 villages of the total 43,665 villages in the state were drought-hit. Ever since its establishment Aamir has been actively involved in the cause to fight the draught in the state. Besides, The Aamir Khan Foundation is dedicated towards supporting young people who are disadvantaged. The foundation is devoted to helping those who need guidance and assistance regardless of their geographic location and to helping improve the environment and area they are living in. Their aim is to support young people and help them achieve better quality of life.
Akshay Kumar: Akshay Kumar is indeed a ‘Kinng’ in real life. From those affected by grievous calamities to country’s army men, Akshay has never held his hand back in extending monetary help to them. The actor was applauded by many for showing his concern towards the families of 12 slain jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Saturday, March 11, 2017. He donated Rs 1.08 crore to the families of the martyred jawans. Besides this, there is a huge list of good deeds that our Khiladi Kumar did and we perhaps are hardly aware of it. In October 2016, while everyone was busy debating whether or not to ban Pakistani artistes in India, Akshay Kumar donated Rs 9 lakh to the family of a martyred BSF jawan. The jawan succumbed after being targeted by Pakistani snipers in Jammu and Kashmir. In August 2016, Akshay had donated Rs 80 lakh to the family of army men. He gave Rs 5 lakh to each family and said our soldiers need money along with “samman”. Apart from that, he even visited BSF base camp in Jammu to pay tribute to soldiers who have lost their lives in ceasefire violations and encounters.
Furthermore, he decided to help 180 families of Maharashtra farmers who had committed suicide. He donated a total amount of Rs.90 lakh to help the drought-hit farmers. Akshay even extended help to the rain-ravaged people of Chennai by donating Rs 1 crore for relief work. He gave a cheque of Rs 1 crore to Bhoomika Trust which was providing food items to the affected people.
Not just humans, Akshay is sensitive towards animal suffering as well. At the time of his film ENTERTAINMENT release, the actor donated Rs 3.60 lakh for an animal welfare organisation ‘Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals (YODA)’. According to some reports, Akshay Kumar also helped a contestant of TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi by giving him Rs 25 lakh after knowing that the contestant needed the prize money of the show for his father’s cancer treatment. Akshay helped an NGO in funding one of their pre-primary school’s annual budget. For this, he raised funds by auctioning one of his suits which he wore in Oh My God. The sudden death of an international stuntman reportedly affected Akki gravely and this is when he asked the producers to pay the stuntmen the same amount he is paid to do particular stunts.
Last but not the least Akshay even launched a martial arts school to impart self-defence training to women in the wake of a 23-year old student being brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi.
Shilpa Shetty: Shilpa Shetty Kundra is always one to support a good cause. From Yoga, eco-friendly Ganesha to being involved with NGOs, the actress has done it all. The ‘Big Brother’ winner donated her entire winning amount to the AIDS campaign in India. She is an active member of PETA and an anti-bullying charity campaign called ‘Act Against Bullying’. A year back she joined the campaign 1 Small Step For Cancer, about creating an emergency fund to help people survive the deadly disease, along with Varun Dhawan.
Priyanka Chopra: The former Miss World and now a global icon has supported many causes such as human trafficking, slavery, women empowerment, human rights, child education and poverty. At public events, she speaks about the importance of providing education to children and their rights to go school. In 2010, she was appointed as the UNICEF national ambassador to educate Indian children and now has a long standing association with the ‘Save the Girl’ campaign by UNICEF. She has been supporting the girl child cause for many years; the money raised by her was further used to help create a safe and protective environment for girls in India. She is also the brand ambassador of NDTV's Greenathon, an initiative to support eco-friendliness and improve electricity supplies to rural villages. Besides Priyanka is extremely passionate about helping kids with their education and health.
Salman Khan: Salman Khan is known as the most charitable celeb in Bollywood. He started an NGO called ‘Being Human’, which has now grown into one of the most notable organizations in the country. ‘Being Human’ not only supports needy children, but also gives money to kids who have no way of paying their medical bills. Besides ‘Being Human’ foundation he offered to pay 4 million for releasing around 400 prisoners who had completed their term but due to economical reasons, they were unable to pay a legal fine for their charges.
Shah Rukh Khan: If you had the impression that King Khan was a little selfish, then it would surprise you to know that he is secretly associated with more than ten NGOs and organizations. Apart from being a member of the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation in India, the actor makes regular donations to organisations and individuals. He is also behind the creation of a children's ward at the Nanavati hospital in Mumbai, in memory of his late mother. He has helped in raising funds for National Centre For Promotional of Employment for Disabled People and 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake victims. SRK was appointed as the first global ambassador of UNOPS, which works to improve the lifestyle of people. SRK is also the first Indian to be recognized by UNESCO for his charitable works.
Amitabh Bachchan: The big-hearted Big B has donated lakhs of rupees to farmers. He was also made UNICEF goodwill ambassador for polio Eradication Campaign. The acclaimed actor was also the face of 'Save Our Tigers' campaign. And just recently the megastar also announced that he would be donating Rs 2 crore for the welfare of Indian Army martyrs' widows and farmers. According to reports, Bachchan had pledged to give away Rs 1 crore each to martyr families and to the cause of repayment of farmers loans.
The veteran actor had handpicked a team to list and locate authentic organisations that will ensure the money reaches to the designated people in need.