BOL­LY­WOOD IS WOO­ING SOL­DIERS

Fi­nan­cial help, pro­mot­ing films among them, boost­ing morale… Bol­ly­wood is say­ing Jai Jawaan in its own way

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Neha Sharma Dang­wal neha.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

On-screen he­roes are go­ing all out to do their bit for the real-life he­roes. From giv­ing fi­nan­cial aid to the next of kin of mar­tyred sol­diers to bring­ing a smile on the faces of the jawaans on duty, Bol­ly­wood has In­dian Armed Forces on it’s mind.

Af­ter ex­tend­ing fi­nan­cial help to the fam­i­lies of sol­diers killed in ac­tion in his per­sonal ca­pac­ity, ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar re­cently pro­posed an on­line plat­form to help peo­ple do­nate di­rectly to the be­reaved fam­i­lies. “The best thing is peo­ple’s re­sponse... they feel so strongly about their coun­try,” says Ak­shay, who re­cently met with the Union Home Sec­re­tary to take the idea for­ward.

Ac­tor Ku­nal Kapoor, who co-founded crowd fund­ing plat­form, Ketto, too, raised funds for fam­i­lies of the 19 sol­diers killed in the ter­ror at­tacks in Uri, J&K in Septem­ber. “Like ev­ery­one else in the coun­try, we, at team Ketto, were deeply af­fected by the cow­ardly Uri at­tacks and wanted to do some­thing for the fam­i­lies of our mar­tyred sol­diers. We started a cam­paign called #sup­port­sol­diers. In the last few months, a lot of cor­po­rates and in­di­vid­u­als have come for­ward from all across the world, and helped us raise `44 lakh for the sus­te­nance of th­ese fam­i­lies. We will con­tinue to keep this ini­tia­tive ac­tive,” says Kapoor. Then there are those who re­cently vis­ited the armed forces per­son­nel. Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan cel­e­brated Repub­lic Day with sol­diers in Delhi and danced with them to his hit songs, while pro­mot­ing his film Raees that had just re­leased. The ac­tor shared a video on­line and posted, “Cel­e­brat­ing the Repub­lic Day with army jawaans full Pun­jabi style.”

Ac­tors do­ing films that have a con­nect with the armed forces, are also on a spree to meet sol­diers. While some see this as pub­lic­ity gim­mick, the ac­tors call it a way to thank the sol­diers af­ter re­al­is­ing what they go through. Ac­tor Kan­gana Ra­naut re­cently vis­ited Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force sol­diers in Jammu and told them, “While work­ing on the film, I came to know so much about the jawaans. It was my idea that we visit the BSF to pro­mote the film. It’s been an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time... to be able to spend time with the real life he­roes.”

Ac­tors of the up­com­ing film Com­mando 2 —Vidyut Jammwal and Adah Sharma, along with pro­ducer Vipul Shah will travel to Varanasi to meet CRPF sol­diers to­day.

A lot of cor­po­rates and in­di­vid­u­als have come for­ward to do­nate funds for the fam­i­lies of the mar­tyred sol­diers KU­NAL KAPOOR, AC­TOR

“It is a morale booster for sol­diers when you spend time with them and tell them that the work they do is loved and val­ued. Our film is about a com­mando, and Vidyut’s fa­ther was in the army, so it was only nat­u­ral for us to do this. We will also per­form the Ganga aarti in the evening with the sol­diers,” says Shah.

Cast of the re­cently re­leased war film The Ghazi At­tack is also plan­ning spe­cial screen­ings of the film for naval of­fi­cers. Ac­tor Rana Dag­gu­bati (be­low), who plays a Naval of­fi­cer in the movie, has writ­ten a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee say­ing that sto­ries of un­sung war he­roes should be ac­knowl­edged.

“As a civil­ian I did not know about th­ese vic­to­ri­ous tales and, like me, there are many oth­ers who do not know much about it. To us, it’s a way to ac­knowl­edge th­ese he­roes and make sure that we know more about them and their tales of vic­tory,” he says.

PHOTO: IANS PHOTO: TWIT­TER/ VIDYUTJAMMWAL

Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan danc­ing to Ch­haiyya Ch­haiyya with sol­diers Kan­gana Ra­naut met BSF jawaans in Jammu Vidyut Jammwal will meet CRPF Com­man­dos in Varanasi

PHOTO: AMLAN PALIWAL/ IANS

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