Even as India entered day six of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrities are doing their bit to be of assistance in this time of distress.
Besides exhorting people to stay indoors and help in curbing the spread of the pandemic, many celebrities are making significant monetary contributions for fighting COVID-19.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar had recently taken to social media to announce that he was pledging Rs 25 crore towards PM Modi’s PM-CARES fund.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli and his partner Bollywood star Anushka Sharma jointly donated Rs 3 crore, said a media report.
“Virat and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many & we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens #IndiaFightsCorona,” Anushka Sharma had written on Instagram.
Current Bollywood heartthrob Kartik Aaryan contributed Rs 1 crore to the fund. "It is the absolute need of the hour to rise together as a nation. Whatever I am, whatever money I have earned, is only because of the people of Indian and for us, I am contributing Rs 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund. I urge all my fellow Indians to also help as much as possible," the actor wrote in his Instagram page.
Actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra donated Rs 21 21 lakh to PM-CARES fund, while actor Bhumi Padnekar took to social media to announce that she is willing to offer "supplies, food, essentials or the research that humanity needs right."
According to media reports, Hrithik Roshan bought N95 and FFP3 masks for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation workers while superstar Salman Khan promised to financially support 25,000 daily wage workers from the film industry.