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Top stars to shine at tsunami aid show

Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai are among those who have been roped in for a show to be held in Mumbai on Feb 6.
PTI | By Indo-Asian News Service, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2005 05:59 PM IST

Leading Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta are among the galaxy of stars who have been roped in for a show to help tsunami victims.

Actor Sanjay Dutt has got together stars, event organisers and TV and radio channels for the Help Telethon Concert to be held in Mumbai on February 6 and to be telecast live across the globe.

Funds raised at the benefit event will be donated to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to help tsunami victims.

A press conference to announce the event here Monday was addressed by Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Yash Chopra and Annu Mallik. Television channel heads and other leading producers were also present.

Bachchan said while several events had been organised in aid of tsunami victims, there was not much accountability about them. He assured that every penny donated at this event would be accounted for.

Shah Rukh said anyone could contribute to the cause by just sending one SMS through mobile phones, costing the sender Rs 10.

Music composer Annu Mallik, who has created a special track titled "Help" for the show, gave a sneak preview.

The benefit show has been jointly organised by the Film and TV Producers Guild, the TV industry and leading event management companies GS Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Cineyug Entertainment Pvt Ltd and Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

The event is designed as a multiple TV channel simulcast across the world comprising a Telethon-cum-concert wherein stars and celebrities would perform on stage and appeal live for donations to be made to the prime minister's fund.

More than 15 TV channels will simultaneously broadcast this show. The organisers have also invited radio channels and leading Internet web sites for live simulcast of the show.

Multiple payment gateways, which are secure and safe, would also be used for making contributions in addition to the traditional avenues in order to raise maximum funds.

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