Salman Khan to Amitabh Bachchan: philanthropic Bollywood
Salman Khan made news recently when his non-profit organisation, Being Human Foundation, sent 2,500 tankers to drought-affected farmers across Maharashtra, from Beed and Osmanabad to Jalna, Aurangabad and Nanded. But Salman isn’t the only one. We take a look at Bollywood’s philanthropic side.
Supports: Girl child
The Bachchan family lent their support to Plan India’s Girl Child campaign. Bachchan launched a book titled B70 that includes 70 paintings by prominent Indian artists, the sales of which went towards the upliftment of girls deprived of basic education and other social needs. They raised Rs 25 lakh.
Supports: Special and handicapped children, paraplegia
Hrithik donated a bus to Dilkhush Special School in Juhu. He also supports a charity for handicapped people. While preparing for his role as a paraplegic in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish (2010), he became friends with a quadriplegic man, John Julius. Hrithik funded John’s treatment (it cost Rs 1.5 lakh), and gave him a computer and a customised wheelchair.
Supports: Underprivileged kids
Abhishek has been associated with Magic Bus. It is an NGO that works towards creating a better future for children living in poverty, from a young age all the way through to adulthood. Recently, along with other stars, he participated in a football match for the All Stars Football Club, a property of charitable trust Playing For Humanity, to raise funds.
Shah Rukh Khan
Supports: Healthcare, AIDS, cancer
Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t like to talk about his charity initiatives. However, it is known that he helped build a children’s ward at the Nanavati Hospital in the city, in memory of his mother. Shah Rukh also helps organisations working with cancer and AIDS-affectedpatients.
He worked with the United Nations to raise awareness about human trafficking. He featured in a two-minute video called One Life, No Price, which was screened with his film Welcome (2007). He promoted emergency contraception in Rajasthan with Hollywood actor and AIDS activist Ashley Judd. He is also the worldwide ambassador for the Paralympics.
Supports: Education, healthcare
On May 2, Being Human Foundation (BHF) and Fortis Foundation (health awareness centre) joined hands to provide free treatment to children with congenital heart defects. Fifty cases have already been attended to in under six weeks, said Salman in a statement.
On August 11, 2012, BHF organised an eye camp at Kamalistan Studios; on July 28, 2012, it collaborated with Novartis and The Max Foundation (both healthcare organisations) to aid in the development of a drug to treat leukaemia, for patients who can’t afford it. Salman’s father and veteran screenplay writer Salim Khan was reluctant to talk about the charity, but said, “There’s nothing to talk about publicly. Helping out people in need has been a trait in the family. It gives me immense satisfaction to know that the children have inherited this characteristic too. BHF has taken this (sending water to villages) initiative, and it’s a good thing.