As monsoon floods continue to wreak havoc in the North-eastern state of Assam help is pouring in for rescue and relief work from across the country, and our Bollywood stars are in the forefront. Actor Akshay Kumar has donated Rs 2 crore towards the cause. He contributed a crore each towards the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, and also for the rescue work in Kaziranga National Park. The actor says that God has given him enough money, so he gives away without thinking twice.
Akshay was praised by all quarters after his generous donation. But the actor said that he only felt good when Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called him and informed that after his donation amny other people donated towards the cause. He said, “Honestly, jab maine paise diye, I didn’t feel good. But I felt really good when I got a call from the Assam Chief Minister (Sarbananda Sonowal), who told me that, aapke donation ke baad, bahut saare aur bhi logon ne donation diya.’ That made me happy. I really feel that our nation is an amazing one. If there’s ever any problem, you just have to start something and then there’s a ripple effect. You know, when I worked on Bharat Ke Veer’ app, you can’t imagine how many people made donations. India is a large-hearted nation. We just need a little push.”
In an interview, the actor said that the images coming from the flood-hit areas of Assam made him sad and he didn’t twice before donating the money. He said, “One of the images that really affected me was of a mother holding her baby on her shoulders and wading through the flood waters. There was no expression of sadness or stress on her face. And that’s a dangerous sign. What all she must have gone through that she forgot all her sorrows. When I come across such photos, I am like, it can happen to my wife or my daughter.’ Aisi photos bahut choobhtin hai. That’s why I did what I did.”
While the deplorable condition of humans touched the actor, the animals plight in the Kaziranga National Park moved him too. He said, “I also saw some images of animals like rhinoceros, who were drowning, dying and screaming. We should all come together during such times regardless of whether you can donate Rs 2 or 5 lakhs. That’s how a country is made. And humanity is all about that. I admit that God has given me a lot of money, so I give away without thinking twice. Kahaan leke jaane hai paise.”
On the work front, Akshay Kumar is riding high on the success of his latest release Mission Mangal. The film hit the screens on August 15 and has collected 100 crore. He has an interesting lineup of films ahead, including Housefull 4, Good News, Sooryavanshi, Laxmmi Bomb and Bachchan Pandey followed by Prithviraj Chauhan. “See, agar yeh films chal gayi toh [line-up] accha hai. Otherwise, koi kucch nahi kar sakta with any sort of line-up of films. You know, a great man had once said, ‘you will keep going up and down, and down and up in life.’ So, it’s all good, as long as I enjoy the journey,” says the actor.