Kunal Kapoor has been sponsoring the education of three young boys. And it’s been a six-year association with the 15-year-old he met at Filmistan Studio where he was working as a light boy.
“He was a homeless orphan from Bihar who came to Mumbai hoping to be adopted by his rich relatives. They dropped him off at the studio,” reminisces the actor, who was moved by his plight, and got him enrolled at St Catherine of Sienna, Bandra. “He’s in Goa now and doing well.”
The other two boys are aged 10 and 12. “You can provide an underprivileged person with food, clothing and shelter, but if you want to give him a lifetime of opportunities, it is best to provide him or her with education,” asserts Kunal.
Unlike other stars, he’s not shy about talking about his charitable efforts. “If we can use our celebrity status to sell cola, soap and chips, why can’t we sell a dream?” he
reasons, pointing out that by talking about a socially relevant cause, he can only enlist more support for it.
On January 18, Kunal will be hosting a comedy night at the Comedy Store that toplines Vir Das, with supporting acts by Tanmay Bhat, Aditi Mittal, Anuvab Pal and Varun Thakur. He has joined hands with KWAN, the celebrity management and entertainment marketing agency, for this Fun’draiser, Comedy for a Cause, whose proceeds will got to the NGO Akshara Centre.
KWAN has been collaborating with Akshara on various charity events over the last year, including financial literacy workshops, bar nights with celeb bartenders, film screenings and a concert on Women’s Day hosted by Genelia D’Souza.
Kunal himself has been working closely with the NGO on various dreams empowerment programmes. “The idea behind such fund-raisers is to help young girls get scholarships so that they can complete high school and even go to college. We’re promising an evening of laughs at just Rs 1,000 a ticket and given the cause we’re promoting, I’m sure we will have a full house,” says the optimistic actor.
Meanwhile, Kunal has been working for a year now with a couple of like-minded others on launching a charitable Foundation. He smiles, “May be in a month-and-a-half, we’ll be ready with an announcement.”