Bollywood industry plays a huge role in shaping society through the medium of cinema. But, above that, even stars plays pivotal role off screen to help people through NGOs or through themselves. Star like Akshay Kumar use cinema to educate people; his recent movies have shown dark aspects of society, although he breaks the stereotype in his movies and make sure that there is some lesson for the audience. Many times Bollywood stars’ charity work goes unnoticed. So, in this special feature, we look at some celebrities who have contributed to the betterment of society.
Many of you may not know that the actor has won a special award for his kindness and charitable work at the 20th UNESCO Awards in Germany. Shah Rukh Khan is the first Indian to have received UNESCO award for charity. He has given many donations to hospitals and NGOs and SRK was appointed as the first global ambassador of UNOPS, which works to improve the lifestyle of people.
The actor donated Rs 90 lakhs to the 180 families of farmers who committed suicide in the drought-hit region of Marathwada. He also runs free martial arts school for the women. He also launched an app which helps the families of soldiers who gets martyred on the border. Any common person can donate money through this app to the soldier family.
He closely works with PETA and has been working for animal rights from a very long time. He even has his own brigade, ‘John’s Brigade’ that works towards providing shelter for the needy.
The actor has been donating money to farmers’ widows and needy farmers in Maharashtra. Nana Patekar runs an NGO with actor Makrand Anaspure. In September 2015 the actor donated Rs 15,000 each to the widows of the farmers who committed suicide in the drought-hit areas of Maharashtra. To relieve them of their debts, he collected Rs 80 lakh through the NGO Naam Foundation, he runs with Anaspure
He was one of the first Bollywood celebrities to become the Oxfam Global Ambassador in 2007. He runs an NGO that focuses on educating children from lower economic backgrounds, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The actor, producer, director and writer has broken barriers, and has made her own way in Bollywood. Nandita Das runs a campaign Dark is Beautiful, which speaks about society’s obsession with fair skin. Also, the actress does not endorse any fairness cream.
The actress is the face of campaign ‘Shiksha Ki Ore’, a cause for educating and empowering tribal children. She also raised her voice for proper sanitation and hygiene in India.