Much awarded and celebrated Bollywood ‘megastar’ Amitabh Bachchan has donated Rs 2 crore to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Covid Care Centre at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib here to help them combat the coronavirus crisis. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, shared the news on Twitter.
“‘Sikhs are Legendary, salute to their service’. These were the words of @SrBachchan Ji when he contributed Rs 2 Crore to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Covid Care Facility,” Sirsa wrote on 9 May.
He said when Delhi was facing a crunch in oxygen supply, Bachchan would every day enquire about the progress at the facility, which started operations on 10 May afternoon with 300 beds.
In another tweet, Sirsa informed that the 78-year-old actor has also arranged oxygen cylinders from abroad for the facility. “He is not just a REEL Hero but a Real life Hero,” he said.
During the “VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World”, which aired on Sunday, Bachchan had also urged the global community to help India, which is currently battling a deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
“My country India is battling with the sudden surge of the second wave of Covid-19. As a global citizen I appeal to all global citizens to rise up, speak to your governments, your pharmaceutical companies, and ask them to donate, to give, to extend a helping hand to the public that needs it the most. Every effort counts,” he had said.
Bachchan said he and his family had been ignoring the “every day abuse and the filth of distasteful comments”, focusing instead on what they can do for the people struggling.
“Only the receiver knew and that was the end,” wrote the superstar.
Several other Bollywood stars have also been donating and urging fans to aid in India’s fight against Covid. Sonu Sood had opened a channel called ‘India Fights With Covid’ on Telegram. With this channel, the actor is finding hospitals, medicines and oxygen to the needy.
Celebrity couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have collectively donated 100 oxygen concentrators, in addition to donating INR 10 million to Indian cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir’s foundation. Actor Anhuska Sharma and her superstar cricketer husband Virat Kohli started a fundraising campaign to help generate money to tackle India’s crisis.
On 9 May, Delhi recorded 273 coronavirus deaths and 13,336 new infections, the health department said.