Actor and Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidharth Shukla was loved by fans for many reasons, one being his incredible generosity and compassion. The late actor died at the age of 40 on Thursday of a heart attack. He rose to fame with the television serial Balika Vadhu, in which he essayed the role of Shivraj Shekhar. Since then, he has appeared in various soaps, films and reality shows, including Fear Factor. Beyond his obvious good looks, brawn and charisma, the actor was a fan favourite because of his spontaneous acts of charity.
Here are some of the instances when Sidharth Shukla wowed us with his acts of kindness.
Sidharth Shukla campaigned for stray dogs
In March 2021, Sidharth joined hands with BJP spokesperson and environmentalist Asif Bhamla, founder of Bhamla Foundation for a campaign for the welfare of stray dogs. Sidharth had met Asif Bhamla and shared his concern towards speechless innocent stray dogs. The campaign for innocent street dogs has gained lot of acclaim.
The environmentalist says that Sidharth even wanted to be a part of Bhamla Foundation’s vaccination campaign, Sleeves Up. “He was kind enough to be part of so many of our campaigns that I felt it would be unfair to ask him for more. But Sidharth was upset that I hadn’t asked him!” he told a Bollywood site.
Sidharth Shukla raised funds for an acid attack survivor
Last year, Sidharth Shukla helped raise funds for a young acid attack survivor. Delhi’s Laxmi Aggarwal thanked Sidharth for his help on Instagram. Laxmi, an acid attack survivor herself, posted how Saraswati was attacked by her husband who’d later committed suicide.
“Saraswati’s drunkard husband poured acid on her while she was sleeping. She was badly burnt with acid. After that incident she is facing physical and economic issues…. She has no source of income. We need to shift her to New Delhi for her treatment in a private hospital. She needs major surgeries, nose and ear treatment. We need to treat and rehabilitate her so that after recovery she is be able to support her two minor children. The Laxmi Foundation humbly request you all to extend help in this effort of rehabilitating Saraswati,” she wrote on Instagram.
Sidharth shared the request on his social media feeds and the contributions went from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh. Thanking the actor, Laxmi wrote another post.
Helped co-actor Pratyusha Banerjee’s parents in the lockdown
Sidharth’s first acting job on the small screen was opposite the late actor Pratyusha Banerjee, who played the character of Anandi in Balika Vadhu. She died of an apparent suicide at her Mumbai apartment in 2016. Hardly a soul knew that Sidharth was helping out Pratyusha’s parents since her untimely demise. After Sidharth’s death, Pratyusha’s father Shankar Banerjee revealed that during the Covid-19 lockdown, Sidharth had ‘forcibly sent Rs. 20,000’ to him and his wife, and had also enquired about their well-being.
Shankar Banerjee said that Sidharth Shukla had been in constant touch with them after Pratyusha’s death in 2016. He added that Sidharth Shukla would often ask him over WhatsApp messages if he could help them.
He arranged a hospital bed for a fan’s father
During the first wave of the pandemic, he helped a fan arrange a hospital bed for his father, who was suffering from Covid-19. The fan had tweeted to him, “Dear @sidharth_shukla i need your help my dad has been tested positive for covid & he has been shifted to brahmakumaris hospital of andheri but their is a bed problem their can you in any way help if you know someone from the hospital please Folded hands @Sid_ShuklaFC.”
Sidharth arranged the bed and later wrote a tweet to the fan.
Dear @sidharth_shukla i need your help my dad has been tested positive for covid & he has been shifted to brahmakumaris hospital of andheri but their is a bed problem their can you in any way help if you know someone from the hospital please 🙏@Sid_ShuklaFC@Siddians@aashiiixo
— S (@sakoncesaid) August 19, 2020