Hrithik vows to spends crores on the disabled

Nov 28, 2010, 01:22 IST | Subhash K Jha

Angels Foundation, which he plans to set up with wife Suzanne, will provide infrastructure, facilities and funds for the differently-abled

Angels Foundation, which he plans to set up with wife Suzanne, will provide infrastructure, facilities and funds for the differently-abled

Hrithik Roshan's latest release Guzaarish gave him two close friends, and a cause to support. While researching his role of a paraplegic magician in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Hrithik bonded with John Julius and  Ashutosh Tiwari, with whom he interacted while researching  for the part. Roshan is said to have been emotionally disturbed when Tiwari passed away recently.



Now, together with wife Suzanne, he plans to set up a foundation to support the physically disabled. "Our Foundation will look after the physically and differently abled. There are no charitable trusts for quadriplegics.

No one even knows about the illness.  It's as if they don't exist. Where are the ramps in public places for wheelchairs to manoeuver? When I travel abroad, I see these facilities. And that's unfortunate,"
he says.

The foundation, that's likely to be called Angels Foundation, plans to introduce innovative facilities including taxis that can carry wheelchairs. Currently, the star is said to have set aside around 7 lakh rupees every month in an effort to look after his quadriplegic friends. "It's not about the money, really. Sussanne and I want to be actively involved in every aspect of the Foundation."

Julius, who Roshan has spent several months interacting with underwent a stemcell surgery, and the actor is excited that Julius was able to use his fingers to text message after rigorous physiotherapy sessions. "Once he could SMS, he began sending me inputs on text message. If I had a query on set, I'd simply text him," says the actor of Julius, who could sit up on a bed without support following the surgery. "He now has a job that pays him Rs 10,000 a month. Of course, every story doesn't have a happy ending. Tiwari, a qualified  engineer suffered from multiple sclerosis. He died a day after Guzaarish released, as if the release was the only thing that had been holding him back."

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