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Hansal Mehta helps out

The director promises to financially aid orphans who might want to study law

entertainment Updated: Oct 14, 2013 15:34 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar

Director Hansal Mehta has been associated with an orphanage in Kamshet, in Maharastra, for a few years now. The Kamshet English School and Boarding Orphanage supports around 75 students.

Now, the director, whose next film, Shahid, is about the Indian lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi, has vowed to support any kids from the orphanage who might want to grow up to study law. Mehta has even started a trust named after Azmi.

Hansal says, “I have been working with this school for a while, and it has been a passion project for me. While I was making Shahid, about a man who stood by his principles and was ready to die for them, I realised that we, as human beings, should stand up for what’s right all the time. We need people like Shahid in our society.”

So Mehta, we’re told, will use funds from the trust to aid any kid who wishes to pursue law after school. Mehta says, “I’ll be happy if some of the kids from this school want to be lawyers. We have adopted the school. We want to make these children model citizens. It would be great to see these kids grow up and become exemplary guardians of the law like Shahid Azmi. We need more lawyers like Shahid and, more importantly, more human beings like him who felt the pain of others and decided to do something about it.”