Neetu Chandra sponsors 84-year-old American Indophile’s trip to India
Actor Neetu Chandra, who has been seen in films such as Garam Masala (2005) and Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye (2008), says helping US-based Rita Harris — who is fascinated with all things Indian — visit India, was “gratifying” and “overwhelming”.bollywood Updated: Mar 27, 2018 17:48 IST
Actor Neetu Chandra believes in loving everything about her culture, so it is no surprise that she immediately took a liking to 84-year-old Rita Harris, when she discovered the latter’s strong desire to visit India. The actor came across Harris when she was visiting some friends in the US, and decided that she would make it possible for the elderly lady to travel to and explore the country.
Rita Harris, who has only dreamt of visiting #India all her life! Met her in #LosAngeles A #seniorcitizen who had everything which could tell her all about India n #Indians #Books #Maps 2 my surprise. Passionately told me her dreams of visiting INDIA once.. All I did was.. 😘 All I DID WAS, GOT HER 2 HER DREAMS #INDIA U have no idea how Happy I am.. I could do ds, GOD 🙏she is almost 80. With d blue eyes n charming dimples, everytime she says, I LOVE YOU NEETU 🙏😇 I stand still, have no words. #Usembassy #WelcomeRitaharris 😊🙏 #USAndMumbai
Rita is fascinated with Indian culture, and has read several books and gone through maps to acquaint herself with India’s history and geography. And when Neetu, who starred in the National Award-winning film Deswa (2011), came to know about this, she decided to sponsor Rita’s trip to India. The octogenarian has no friends or family in the country, and cannot travel alone.
“What could be more gratifying than making someone’s dreams come true? I feel glad to have touched someone’s life. I feel that it is my success that I could welcome Rita here. It’s overwhelming to receive her love and blessings. Her love empowers me to keep spreading cheer and happiness in more ways than one. I can’t thank all the positive vibes and this universe enough and I’m very excited and emotional to make this happen,” says Neetu.
“The fact that others value our culture, history and people is such an inspiration for all of us to respect and value our country which is loved by people all over the world,” says Neetu, who welcomed Rita in Mumbai on Tuesday.
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First Published: Mar 27, 2018 17:45 IST