You see their luxury cars, pictures of their lavish adobes, the designer outfits they throw on and other aspects of their extraordinarily extravagant lives.
With all that money, one can sure buy whatever the heart desires. But it takes a heart made out of 22 carat gold to extend the fortune one earns, to the less fortunate ones.
Here are 10 of the most philanthropic Bollywood actors of our times, who have never shied away from trying to make this world a better place for everyone.
Many of us were not particularly kind to her when she had first arrived all the way from the US. But she has always appeared to be kind and amiable, even in one of the most uncomfortable rendezvous. Earlier this year she started a charity page for a friend. Her donation of 5 crore to the Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund for the welfare of the flood victims shows what a generous heart she has.
If you are already in love with this man’s natural acting, we will give you more reasons to adore him. He has earned in crores and can easily lead a lavish life, but Nana gives away 90% of his income for charitable causes and lives a very simple and regular life not very different from ours.
An ardent lover of our furry friends, John is an active PETA member and has donated huge amounts for the cause of animal welfare. He is also associated with Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai and his contribution towards the hospital funds has been in lakhs. The model-turned-actor will become your role model after knowing how he helped in building over 50,000 homes in the country through Habitats for Humanity.
That Akshay Kumar has a heart sized like that of a whale is not news anymore. The actor had donated 90 lakhs to farmers who suffered heavily due to droughts. He has also added 50 lakhs to the Being Human Foundation. Whats’more? The Padman actor has volunteered to provide financial aid to the families of martyred soldiers also. What’s there not to love in this man!!!
A style icon, a strong feminist and a renowned philanthropist. She is the brand ambassador of Cuddles Foundation, an organization that helps children fight cancer. The fashionista had some of her clothes and bags auctioned through an online fashion boutique and the proceeds of it went to another child welfare organization, Smile Foundation.
She has been appointed as the global Goodwill Ambassador once and is an active member of the UNICEF. On her multiple trips to camps for refugees and the underprivileged, within and outside India, she has worked to spread the message of love, compassion and humanity, regardless of manmade barriers of nationality and religion. Priyanka also covers medical and education of 70 needy children. Glamour magazine once reported that one-tenth of the former Miss World’s income goes to the foundation, No child should be ‘denied a dream’.
Though he is infamous as the bad boy in the industry, his fans are not oblivious to the peerless humanitarian works Salman does through his charity foundation, Being Human. Around 10% of his brand’s proceedings is set aside for charity work. He had once borrowed 500 rupees from his own salaried staff to buy coloring books from vendors on the street, only to help them make some money and has also distributed 200 bicycles among street kids in Mumbai. If we were to list down all of Salman’s charitable acts, we would have to dedicate an article solely to him.
King Khan has a King sized heart for which he has been recognized and awarded by UNESCO. But he does charity silently and not many know that the entire prize money of 15 crores that he earned from IPL 7 was donated to help out cancer patients in Kolkata and Mumbai. He raised money through concerts and contributed a sum of 25 lakh toward Tsunami Relief works. Shah Rukh has also adopted 5 villages in NDTV’s Greenathon event, 2009. Children suffering from cancer are treated in Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital and the funding comes from the star. His Meer Foundation has extended 21 lakhs for the Kerala flood victims.
The beauty queen, and mother of one is among the most charitable women in the industry. By promising her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India, she has encouraged many to follow suit. Her contributions toward PETA and Smile Train are huge, and she also manages her own charity organization, Aishwarya Rai Foundation. Aishwarya has supported causes of organ donation, marrow transplantation and fighting HIV-AIDS.
The megastar has sponsored education of young girls, and in 2013, his family donated ₹25 lakh to Plan India, an organization that works toward the welfare of underprivileged girls. His donation toward the Latur earthquake victims in 2004 was of a significant amount. To rebuild Kerala, he has contributed 51 lakhs and given some personal belongings to the Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund.