He is known to keep his charitable donations a secret. But on Saturday, actor Amitabh Bachchan held a press conference at his office, Janak, in Mumbai to announce a whopping Rs 25 lakh for charity towards the upliftment of the girl child in India. Wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai — all dressed in white — were also present.
“Normally do not announce charity, but this issue was important keeping recent happenings against women!!, Big B tweeted on Saturday.
The family would raise funds for an NGO Plan India for their campaign for the girl child, through proceeds generated from the art exhibition and sale of a book from Big B’s 70th birthday celebrations. It may be recalled that on his birthday (October 11) last year, paintings by 70 leading artists from all over the country were put on sale for charity. A book, B70, commemorating the paintings was also launched by Jaya.
However, the youngest member of the family, Aaradhya Bachchan, was missing from the event. “I was telling Aishwarya it didn’t occur to me before, we would have got Aaradhya and she would have given the cheque,” said Jaya.