Why Anurag Kashyap, Varun Grover are auctioning their awards

Kunal Kamra called for artistes to give up their prized possessions

Anurag-Kashyap-pic via IMDb

As India battles the coronavirus pandemic, members of the entertainment industry are looking at novel ways to raise funds to procure more testing kits. With India’s COVID-19 tally crossing 1 lakh and numbers shooting up in the fourth phase of lockdown, many believe that India is not testing enough.

To raise funds for testing kits, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan recently invited fans to bid for their film trophies. Writer Varun Grover and stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra are also part of the initiative.

The trend started with Kamra taking to Twitter to announce he was ‘giving away his YouTube button’ and called for other artistes to give away their prized possessions in this time of crisis.

Following this, Kashyap took to Twitter and said whoever bids the highest, gets the winning Filmfare trophy for his acclaimed gangster-drama Gangs of Wasseypur. While fans can bid for Ghaywan’s three prizes which include a signed copy of the ‘Prix de l’Avenir’ he won at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for debut film Masaan, Grover is auctioning his TOIFA award for the song ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’.

Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar also joined the cause by pledging to auction a personalised, signed copy of his book, In Other Words.

Kamra had also shared a description and a link to the ongoing campaign on Milaap Foundation. The description under the fundraiser stated that the funds raised through the campaign will be transferred directly from Milaap Foundation to Mylab Discovery Solutions, which will help Burda Media India secure the COVID-19 testing kits that will be donated to hospitals and labs.

“The cost of each testing kit is 1.2Lacs + GST and each testing kit has the capacity to test 100 samples. We aim to donate ten testing kits, which will help 1000 people get tested for COVID-19, free of cost. In the next 30 days, we need Rs.13,44,000 for ten kits which will help one thousand people get tested,” the description said.