Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has announced to contribute Rs 25 crore to help the nation in its fight against coronavirus. In a response to PM Narendra Modi's appeal to donate, Akshay tweeted, "This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai"
In an appeal to the citizens, PM Modi on Saturday tweeted: "The PM-CARES Fund accepts micro-donations too. It will strengthen disaster management capacities and encourage research on protecting citizens. Let us leave no stone unturned to make India healthier and more prosperous for our future generations"
This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/dKbxiLXFLS— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 28, 2020
Akshay has been requesting people not to venture out of their home during lockdown. Lately, in a video, Akshay lashed out at those violating the lockdown.
In the two-minute-long video, Akshay urges his followers in Hindi, which roughly translates to: "Every time I talk about what’s in my heart with politeness but today I am so angry, forgive me if I end up saying anything rude. Have some people really lost it? Who here doesn’t understand the word lockdown? You think you are so brave. All this will get you in trouble. You’ll end up in a hospital and make your family sick too... No one will be left. Use your brain, I beg you."
Captioning the video, Akshay wrote on Instagram, "At the risk of sounding repetitive, sharing my thoughts...there is a lockdown for a reason. Please don’t be selfish and venture out, you’re putting others lives at risk #StayAtHomeSaveLives. @mybmc." Watch it out here:
Earlier, Telugu superstar Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan and comedian Kapil Sharma also contributed to the state and PM relief fund to help fight the pandemic. Pawan Kalyan donated Rs 50 lakhs each to both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana CM relief funds besides Rs 1 crore to PM fund. While the comedian donated Rs 50 lakh to the PM relief fund, Ram Charan contributed Rs 70 lakh.
It's time to stand together with the ones who need us. Contributing Rs.50 lakhs to the PM relief fund towards the #fightagainstcorona. Request everyone to #stayhome #staysafe #jaihind #PMrelieffund @narendramodi 🙏 🇮🇳— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9) March 26, 2020
I will be donating Rs.50 Lakhs each to both AP and Telangana CM relief funds to fight against Corona pandemic.— Pawan Kalyan (@PawanKalyan) March 26, 2020
I will be donating Rs.1 crore to PM relief fund to support our https://t.co/83OmZ9biYX Sri @narendramodi ji,in turbulent times like this. His exemplary and inspiring leadership would truly bring our country from this Corona pandemic.— Pawan Kalyan (@PawanKalyan) March 26, 2020
Karan Johar, Taapsee Pannu, Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana have also pledged their support to a new initiative aimed at supporting the daily wage-earners who have been severely affected by the lockdown.