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Kerala floods: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham contribute to distress fund

A number of filmstars across industries have urged the people of India to help the flood ravaged state in its time of crisis. 

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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. 

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🙏🏻

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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: