Even as rain-battered Chennai is coming to terms with the devastating flood that left many dead and scores injured, celebrities from all over India are scripting a new chapter in philanthropy. Leading from the front is superstar Rajinikanth, who donated Rs 10 crore to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund on Tuesday, according to a report in The Times of India. This after he was severely criticised by his fans for contributing a meagre Rs 10 lakh to help the flood victims.
Earlier, Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan had donated Rs 1 crore for the victims of Chennai floods.
Many other cine stars from the Tamil and Telugu film industries have been quick with donations: While actors Suriya and Allu Arjun donated Rs 25 lakh each to help the flood victims, Mahesh Babu and Junior NTR promised Rs 10 lakh each. Actor Siddharth, along with popular Tamil RJ Balaji has been coordinating rescue operations on ground with the help of the social media and volunteers.
Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati, along with a host of other actors from Telugu industry, have come forward and launch an initiative called ‘Mana Madras Kosam’. Rana’s family-owned Ramanaidu Studios has been turned into a make-shift drop point for relief material before they are packed and trucked to the city. The initiative is being supported by a host of Bollywood actors such as Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kalki Koechlin, Boman Irani and Abhishek Bachchan, according to a report in Mid Day.