(Updated 30th April 2021)
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has compelled the film industry to unite and fight the novel disease—whether it be by donating meals through NGOs or contributing a handsome sum to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.
From Priyanka Chopra who has set up a fundraiser to provide Covid relief, urging the global community to donate, to Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan who pledged to support humanitarian aid organisations including UNICEF, GIVE INDIA, and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), Bollywood has come forward to extend help to those in need.
Take a look at all those who have stepped forward to lend a helping hand in these trying times.
1) Priyanka Chopra[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/tv/COOPAdrHyc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
2) Akshay Kumar
3) Shahrukh Khan[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-e40Z4FPQY/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
4) Katrina Kaif[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-XRux9hWYZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
5) Sara Ali Khan[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-YyrSMpOWt/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
6) Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-WJvWzlCr8/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
7) Vicky Kaushal[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-YxfzNJMl5/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
8) Varun Dhawan
9) Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ZRjAqpgku/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
11) Alia Bhatt
12) Shabana Azmi
13) Sonu Sood
Besides his efforts to provide jobs to migrants via his GoodWorker initiative (formerly known as Pravasi Rojgar) and buses for them to travel back to their hometown amidst the crises, Sonu Sood also pledged to provide regular meals to those in need.
In fact, the actor also assisted frontline workers by giving them a place to stay at his Juhu hotel. “It's my honour to be able to do my bit for the doctors, nurses, and para medical staff of our country who have been working day and night to save the lives of millions. I am really happy to open the doors of my hotel to these real time heroes,” the actor had told PTI.
14) Swara Bhasker
Inspired by Sonu Sood, Swara Bhasker also took it upon herself to help migrant workers reach their respective hometowns safely. She began an initiative to organise transportation for distressed migrants, along with providing them with basic necessities to make their journey hassle-free.
15) Farhan Akhtar
The 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' actor donated 1000 PPE kits to several government hospitals across the nation. He also initiated a campaign to inspire people to contribute to the widespread cause of the pandemic, promising to send a personal 'thank you' message to those who do.
16) Salman Khan
The founder of 'Being Human' has now kickstarted a campaign called 'Being Haangryy', a food truck service with volunteers distributing ration kits to those in need of food. He is also believed to have donated one lakh sanitisers to the Mumbai police, manufactured under his brand 'FRSH'.
17) Ayushmann Khurrana
Besides donating to the PM's National Relief Fund, the actor and his wife Tahira Kashyap have pledged to support women ragpickers through the non-profit 'Gulmehar'. The NGO works with female ragpickers who have turned artisans.
18) Ajay Devgn
Through the Ajay Devgn Films Foundation, the actor donated oxygen cylinders and ventilators to a health centre in Dharavi, Mumbai, which served as a dedicated care facility for COVID-19 patients. He is also said to have donated ration kits to nearly 700 families in Dharavi.