Stars align for virus fundraiser
MUMBAI: India’s “King of Bollywood” superstar Shah Rukh Khan told jokes and sang for his fans on Sunday during an almost five-hour online benefit to raise funds for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Tens of thousands of viewers watched more than 70 of the country’s biggest celebrities – including cricket captain Virat Kohli and actor Khan – as well as international names such as actor Will Smith and rock legend Mick Jagger in the I for India show broadcast on Facebook.
“I can, I will, and I must help,” Khan told fans after singing a ditty about how
“everything will be all right” following the deadly crisis.
Jagger and Smith spoke about the struggles of rural migrant workers, many of whom have lost their jobs and gone hungry during an ongoing nationwide lockdown imposed from late March.
Bollywood’s biggest names – including Indian actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Hrithik Roshan – along with local choirs sang or spoke in English and Hindi about raising money for those in need. Organised by Bollywood directors Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar, the event had so far raised 37.5 million rupees ($A822,583) out of a target of 60 million rupees.
CELEBRITIES UNITE: A boy watches one of the many celebrities to make an appearance in the concert live on Facebook.