On Friday, April 10, actor Akshay Kumar donated a sum of 3 crores to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks, rapid testing kits and more, owing to the spike in the number of patients who tested positive for COVID19. The actor had earlier donated 25 crores to the Prime Minister Cares Fund after Narendra Modi put out a tweet asking for funds to help the people of the nation.
#Update: After contributing ₹ 25 cr to #PMCares, #AkshayKumar contributes ₹ 3 cr to #BMC to assist in the making of PPEs, masks and rapid testing kits… #COVID19Pandemic #CoronaVirus #Covid_19 #COVID19
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 10, 2020
A few days back, the Sooryavanshi star along with several stars like Kartik Aryan, Tiger Shroff, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon, Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani, Tapsee Pannu, Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet Singh, Ananya Panday, and Shikhar Dhawan had collaborated with actor Jackky Bhagnani and released a song titled ‘Muskurayega India’, to instill hope in people.
Phir se hogi sapno ki udaan!
Jo saath de de saara India, phir muskurayega India, phir jeet jayega India! Presenting a small tribute to the spirit of our country 🇮🇳 #muskurayegaIndia out now! https://t.co/oHap42mQRN@akshaykumar @Jjust_Music @VishalMMishra #CapeOfGoodFilms
— Jackky Bhagnani (@jackkybhagnani) April 6, 2020
“All we need is a united stand. Aur phir #MuskurayegaIndia! Flag of India. Do share with your family and friends,” wrote Akshay. The initiative by Jackky’s Jjust Music and Akshay’s Cape of Good Films had Vishal Mishra singing and composing with Kaushal Kishore penning the lyrics.
The actor had also recently thanked all government officials and frontliners who are toiling tirelessly for people by holding out a placard that read “#DilSeThankYou” and posting a picture of it. He said that it was the least we could do for them. He also thanked director Rajkumar Hirani for being an integral part of the initiative.
Name : Akshay Kumar
City : Mumbai
Mere aur mere parivaar ki taraf se…
Police, Nagar Nigam ke workers, doctors, nurses, NGOs, volunteers, government officials, vendors, building ke guards ko #DilSeThankYou 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/N8dnb4Na63
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 9, 2020
On Friday, the actor announced that he would be hosting a virtual concert series called ‘Sangeet Setu’ for a span of three days, from 10 April to 12 April for one hour between 8 pm and 9 pm. Performed by Indian artists, the series aims to support the PM Cares Fund against Coronavirus by asking viewers to contribute. It’s an initiative by the Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA), Moving Pixels Company (MPC), XP&D and Be.live.
Privileged to host the stalwarts of Indian Music on @SangeetSetu_IN initiated by @isracopyright to aid #PMCARESFund. Please tune-in from 10th – 12th April, 8 PM onwards across DD, Aajtak OTT, DTH & on YouTube: https://t.co/HBhfKDO7Qr#IndiaFightsCorona #SangeetSetu pic.twitter.com/BdZ3GBDZXF
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 10, 2020
The concert, blessed by the nightingale of Bollywood Lata Mangeshkar, has Asha Bhonsle, SP Balasubrahmanyam, K J Yesudas, Udit Narayan, Anoop Jalota, Pankaj Udhas, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sudesh Bhosale, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Salim Merchant, Shaan, and Kailash Kher performing for the nation over three days.
The series went live for free on Friday across DD National, AajTak, all Over The Top (OTT) platforms, Direct-To-Home (DTH) services and on YouTube. It garnered over 14k views.
Watch ‘Sangeet Setu’ Day 1 concert here:
Several other stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Varun Dhawan, Shilpa Shetty, Alia Bhatt, Kartik Aaryan, Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar, Ayushmann Khurrana and others have also contributed to the fund.
Stars like Hrithik Roshan and Varun Dhawan are also providing food to the needy by associating with various organisations.