Seems like the hefty Rs.25 crore that Akshay Kumar has given in the form of charity for the PM-CARES fund hasn’t gone well with, old and young, Bollywood actors. It was only after he made such a huge donation that other stars started to give donations on their part too.
Why am I saying this? Well, Shatrughan Sinha has openly said about it, without mentioning Akshay’s name. But we all know who gave the Rs.25 crore donation.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Shatrughan said, ” It is downright offensive and demoralizing to hear someone has contributed Rs. 25 crores. Is this to say, you are going to judge an individual’s volume of concern for the current crisis by the amount of money he gives away? In no part of the world do celebrities flaunt the amount they give for charity. Charitable causes are always a private affair. I fear showbiz is now in the danger of collapse, so now we have it being replaced by show-off biz. When I hear someone has given Rs. 25 crores I wonder if the amount I will give is of any use. Stop it! Everyone is doing their best. Don’t make this into a ‘mine-is-bigger-than-yours’ school-boys’ competition.”
Mr Sinha, though some of the things you said are right but don’t you think that you have this old habit of taking things too far? Show off or not, the fact remains that Akshay has given a huge sum for charity and nobody else from the film industry has done that. Yes, I agree that a person should not be judged and respected by the amount he gives as donations but it also does not mean that you make fun of a person on the basis of that too.