A number of filmstars across industries have urged the people of India to help the flood ravaged state in its time of crisis.
Kerala floods: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham contribute to distress fund
Mumbai - 18 Aug 2018 18:39 IST
The devastating floods in Kerala has left 324 people dead so far and about 3 lakh others displaced. Help is pouring in from all quarters with the setting up of the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan's Distress Relief Fund.
While prime minister Narendra Modi announced an additional relief fund of Rs500 crore, celebrities from various film industries have put up posts on their social media accounts asking fans and others to help the distressed state in kind or cash.
Stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur have made donations for the victims. Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookuty took to Twitter to thank these celebrities for their contribution.
Thank you so much @iamsrk me personally and the people of kerala are indebted to you for your generosity and quick action...respect 🙏 🙏 🙏— resul pookutty (@resulp) August 17, 2018
I have personally reached out to most of them @SrBachchan @iamsrk and @arrahman were quick to react and we are consolidating our fare share of help to #Keralafloods and my fraternity says #istandwithkerela I’m humbled! Thank you so much !— resul pookutty (@resulp) August 17, 2018
My dear @sonamakapoor thank you so much for your kindness and love towards kerala and it’s people, your generosity lights up peoples lives!humbled🙏 🙏 🙏— resul pookutty (@resulp) August 18, 2018
Actor Siddharth ran the #KeralaDonationChallenge asking people to send help.
Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier has also appealed her fans to "come forward and contribute" to the Kerala chief minister fund. The actress, who shot to fame with her wink in Omar Lulu's Oru Adaar Love (2018), has also criticised the national media for "not giving any attention to the disastrous situation in Kerala".
Hey Instagram family!I know that most of you are from outside Kerala and there has been confusions regarding what you can do for our state.Its very sad that the national media is not giving any attention to the disastrous situation in Kerala.A lot of people have lost their lives already due to the floods and rain.Many of them are put up in rescue camps.They have lost their homes and belongings.This situation may continue till the 22nd of this month.We are all doing whatever possible to help them as a whole.Im proud to say that Kerala is standing as one and facing this misery.Now, it’s time for you guys to come forward and contribute whatever you can to help our state.Lets not forget that Kerala is also part of India.So please do donate whatever you can to the Kerala chief minister’s fund and help rebuild lives.Every rupee counts🙏🏻
John Abraham, whose recently released film Satyameva Jayate (2018) has performed well at the box office, has decided not to celebrate the success of the film owing to the tragedy in Kerala.
“I am overwhelmed by all the adulation from the paisa paying public as well as the industry at large. Everyone is asking me when are we celebrating but, for me it’s business as usual as I’m shooting in Gulmarg for my next film. In any case I am devastated by the unprecedented situation in Kerala. I have family there and although they are safe so many others are still suffering,” he said in an official statement.
John, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, R Madhavan, Suneil Shetty, Diana Penty, Aishwarya Rajesh, Ramya Nambessan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Palak Muchhal, among others, have encouraged people to help in large numbers.
Here are some of the tweets shot out by the celebs:
I dare you. I beg of you!— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) August 16, 2018
What do I have to do to make you read and share this?
I did the #KeralaDonationChallenge
It was awesome!
Will you? Please?#KeralaFloods#SaveKerala@CMOKerala pic.twitter.com/9RmMjSKVBC
Extremely disturbed by what is happening in Kerala. My fondest childhood memories have been there. Please come forward and donate to the chief minister's fund. https://t.co/SzIywiupqA— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) August 16, 2018
The situation in Kerala is critical. Help is required.— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 18, 2018
Please let’s come forward and do whatever we can. Our friends in Kerela need us right now. I have contributed a sum and I request you all to do whatever you can. God bless #KerelaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/lllier4SDE
The situation in Kerala is a very grave one. The state needs our help as it battles with the worst monsoon in over a century. I urge you all to contribute. The smallest donation can make a big difference.— Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) August 16, 2018
Love and prayers to all those affected.https://t.co/uRFxoq0m0x pic.twitter.com/wSWKS7134u
Kodagu aka Coorg & fondly mentioned as the Scotland of India is reeling under the monsoon fury with the total devastation of crops, landslides, many hundreds of marooned homes & roads washed away. It is now practically an island and many are feared dead & missing. #prayforcoorg pic.twitter.com/d6wbLotXKf— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) August 18, 2018
Kerala is on red alert and Habitat for Humanity India is helping those who are stranded! I urge everyone to help those in need..— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) August 18, 2018
Donate now: https://t.co/cEKoD9BFOa
Volunteers can send relief materials to Kerala through Amazon, here’s how https://t.co/OGRr6CM6KU— Chitra Subramaniam (@chitraSD) August 17, 2018
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Any help is appreciated.. the situation in kerala is heart breaking. Pls help and donate to the CMs relief fund. Food material, blankets, medicines, any amount big or small, will result in saving and helping many many lives that are at stake... ð#KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaSOS pic.twitter.com/SLg6Uvdrpz— Palak Muchhal (@palakmuchhal3) August 17, 2018