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Celebrity philanthropists: Akshay Kumar inspires many and donates millions
Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar inspires millions with his socially conscious films, and continues the good work offscreen with his philanthropy. While the actor earns well by doing three to four films in a year, Akshay never forgets to give back to the society and his fans who are the reason behind his success. The ‘woke’ action star made his debut last year in the Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List – which is usually crowded with businessmen and entrepreneurs – thanks to his Rs. 26 crore donation towards Covid-19 relief.
Akshay was one of the first personalities from Bollywood to contribute to the PM CARES Fund right at the start of the first wave of the pandemic. He donated Rs. 25 crores to the Prime Minister’s Fund and another crore to ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s charity for the same cause. The former cricketer revealed on Twitter that Akshay Kumar had donated Rs. 1 crore to his foundation during the deadly second wave to help people affected by the novel coronavirus. Gambhir wrote, “Every help in this gloom comes as a ray of hope. Thanks a lot @akshaykumar for committing Rs 1 crore to #GGF for food, meds and oxygen for the needy! God bless.”
Every help in this gloom comes as a ray of hope. Thanks a lot @akshaykumar for committing Rs 1 crore to #GGF for food, meds and oxygen for the needy! God bless ?? #InThisTogether @ggf_india
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 24, 2021
Gambhir had said in an interview in 2021: “At this time, every contribution matters and I can’t thank Akshay enough for coming forward and supporting us in this crisis. When we spoke, he said, ‘Whatever you want during this COVID situation — oxygen cylinders, medicines, or whatever you want to do — please feel free to do it and I’d want to donate’. In fact, he also said why don’t we open an ICU or COVID centre with everything oxygen, ventilators and stuff.”
Around the same time, Akshay and his wife and author Twinkle Khanna shipped 100 oxygen concentrators and 5,000 nasal canules to another nonprofit, David Foundation. Twinkle took to Instagram to urge everyone to do whatever they can to help fight Covid-19. She also wrote that she was in a ‘bit of a hole’ for some time as her family was facing health issues. Akshay had recently recovered from Covid-19 after getting treatment at a Mumbai hospital.
Flood relief and farmer support
Mid-2020 when Kerala, Assam and Chennai were left devastated as they were hit by floods that severely affected several families as they lost their houses, land, crops, many people lost their lives. The state government did all that they could to help the country. Akshay reportedly donated a sum of Rs. 1 crore each to not just Kerala but also Assam and Chennai.
A few years back, the state of Maharashtra was severely hit by one of the worst droughts. It resulted in farmers committing suicide as they were unable to pay for a living. As per reports, Akshay Kumar donated Rs. 90 Lakh to help about 180 farmers.
Building a shelter for transpersons
Akshay plays a transgender woman with compassion in the 2020 film Laxmii. The film’s director Raghava Lawrence heads a charitable trust. On completing 15 years since its foundation, the filmmaker wanted to celebrate by “initiating a new project for uplifting transgenders by providing shelter for them.” In an interview with Hindustan Times, the film’s director Raghava Lawrence said, “During the making of my film Kanchana, I had met transgenders, and listened to their painful stories, how they were suddenly orphaned, even when it’s how God made them. They would have to sleep at railway stations. That’s when I thought about this shelter, for which I bought a land in my native place in Chennai, I was explaining it to Akshay sir one day, and he asked suddenly ‘can I build this building?’ I was shocked, because we were planning to go to big people and ask them (for help), even doing a show through which we could collect funds, but here was Akshay sir.”
Akshay donated Rs. 1.5 crore to build the shelter for transgender persons in Chennai. He is supporting the construction of the home. Lawrence shared the “good news” of the actor’s new initiative with friends and fans along with some pictures on Facebook.
Insurance scheme for stuntmen
The actor launched an insurance scheme for the registered stunt directors in 2017. The family of deceased stunt director Abdul Sattar Munna has received a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh under the same scheme. Now, the actor has been asked to help those stunt choreographers who are above 55 years of age and therefore, aren’t eligible to have insurance in their name.
Akshay, who’s himself known as the action-hero of the film industry, had launched the insurance scheme following the death of a stunt director. The same scheme has helped the family of stunt choreographer Abdul, who passed away two years back while travelling to the set of a Malayalam film. Aejaz Gulab, general secretary, Movie Stunt Artistes Association told Mid-Day, “Two years ago, getting compensation of Rs 20 lakh for a stuntman’s family was impossible. But Akshay sir stepped in and procured accident insurance policies and medi-claim insurance for the 550 stuntmen registered with us. He even pays our premium.”
Concern for army men
During the promotions of Rustom, Akshay expressed his wish of serving the nation but destiny held something else in store for him. He is living his dream by choosing films with patriotic themes. He has played a soldier in Holiday and Kesari, a special agent in Baby and a naval officer in Rustom. The actor was applauded by many for showing his concern towards the families of 12 slain jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Saturday, March 11, 2017. He donated Rs. 1.08 crore to the families of the martyred jawans.
In August 2016, Akshay had donated Rs. 80 lakh to the families of army men. He gave Rs 5 lakh to each family and said our soldiers need money along with “samman”. In October 2016, while everyone was busy debating whether or not to ban Pakistani artistes in India, Akshay donated Rs. 9 lakh to the family of a martyred BSF jawan. The jawan had succumbed after being targeted by Pakistani snipers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Here I am standing up AGAIN for something I truly believe in coz THEIR well-being MATTERS to ME.I'd love to know if it does to YOU as well? pic.twitter.com/3Y5NPmTJhg
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 24, 2017