Randeep Hooda joins Kerala relief work, is seen serving food to the needy. See pic
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Randeep Hooda joins Kerala relief work, is seen serving food to the needy. See pic

Randeep Hooda is the latest celebrity who is contributing to the relief and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of the devastating Kerala floods. The difference is he is present on ground, helping the needy.

bollywood Updated: Aug 24, 2018 09:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Randeep Hooda,Khalsa Aid,Shah Rukh Khan
Randeep Hooda was photographed helping in relief work in flood-hit Kerala. (Khalsa_aid/Instagram)

The Kerala floods have shown how devastating nature’s fury can be. There has also been an outpouring of shock and grief on social media. The call for help and donations has been very vocal. While a number of celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput and Amitabh Bachchan, among others, have contributed liberally, some like Randeep Hooda have gone a step further--the actor has joined the relief work, being done by a group called Khasla Aid, on ground.

Posting a picture of the actor, serving food to a child affected by the catastrophe, the group’s Instagram handle wrote: “Bollywood actor @randeephooda joins the Khalsa Aid team in #Kerala ! It’s great to see celebrities on the ground and not just simply commenting on social media.”

Wearing a black T-shirt, with the logo of the group (possibly) printed on it, a flowing beard and a black patka (a head gear worn by Sikhs), Randeep is almost unrecognisable.

Randeep has been in a social work mode for a while now. His social media timeline is full of images and work being done by Mumbai-based environment activist Afroz Shah to free Mumbai’s beaches of plastic waste. There have been times when he joined Afroz’s team. Randeep’s contribution in Kerala brings back memories of the work done by actor Siddharth (of Rang De Basanti fame) during the equally havoc-causing Chennai floods in 2015. Randeep has also been sporting the Sikh look for a while now, as he is shooting of his upcoming film based on the battle of Saragarhi, being directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s gesture of paying Rs 1 crore (that too in the name of a fan) to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund has been praised. However, some on Twitter are not happy with Amitabh’s contribution of Rs 51 lakhs and his personal belongings. Oscar winning sound artist Resul Pookutty has been at the forefront of coordinating relief and donation work.

While much of the focus is on Kerala, neighbouring Kodagu in Karnataka too has had to face the brunt of nature’s fury. Among those celebs who have contributed and are requesting for help in this region is veteran actor Prakash Raj.

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First Published: Aug 24, 2018 09:06 IST