Stars align for virus fundraiser

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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.

Pic­ture: AFP

CELEBRI­TIES UNITE: A boy watches one of the many celebri­ties to make an ap­pear­ance in the con­cert live on Face­book.

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