Salman Khan's NGO, Being Human, helps underprivileged children around the country to get a better education and healthcare facilities. He even opened a medical camp for cancer patients right opposite his house at Rs 2 per consultation. That's not all, he had earlier donated some of his paintings to an NGO headed by Ramola Bachchan, and the money earned from selling them was given to the NGO. The large-hearted leading even extended his support for the staff of Filmcity by apparently arranged for a health checkup camp for all the staffers there and distributed gifts, gave brand new sarees to women and Being Human T-shirts to the men as a sign of gratitude for their service.
Katrina Kaif is actively involved in her mother's charitable trust, Relief Projects India (RPI). RPI has collaborated with The Claretian Educational and Social Services Society to rescue unwanted and abandoned baby girls. They are also actively involved in preventing infanticide and improving the health of expectant mothers and babies.
In Mumbai's popular Nanavati Hospital, Shah Rukh Khan funds a special department for Cancer and Children ward in memory of his mother who died of cancer.
John Abraham is a part of Habitat for Humanity, an initiative of former US president Jimmy Carter, which helps build affordable homes for the needy. The model-turned-actor is also an active volunteer of PETA as he is fond of animals. Jacqueline Fernandez and R Madhavan also strongly support Habitat For Humanity.
Priyanka Chopra is a UNICEF national ambassador and supports Indian kids and their right to go to school. PC is the only Indian in the USA to have been selected at the state level for the National Opus Honor Choir, for her major charity work in India and the USA.
Aamir Khan adopted a village in Bhuj, Gujarat that was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2001. Aamir and his crew, who shot for Lagaan at Bhuj, sent tents for the homeless and also collected funds for relief operations.
Shabana Azmi runs an NGO Mizwan. The organisation gets its name from Mijwan, a village in UP where Shabana’s father and famous poet Kaifi Azmi was born. The actress has set up a computer centre and a sewing and embroidery centre in the village, where students are taught stitching and embroidery.
Aishwarya Rai has donated her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India. Some years back, she started the Aishwarya Rai Foundation that helps needy people in the country.
Ranbir Kapoor was part of the NDTV Toyota Greenathon 2010 that helped raise money to provide solar power to 160 villages across the nation. He sponsored solar lamps in the Lakhisarai, a village in Bihar, as part of the initiative. A lot more economical and less polluting than kerosene lamps, solar lamps not only help students to study in the evening and women to work in well-lit kitchens but they also aid small scale workers to earn more as they can work late hours.
Vidya Balan donated Rs 10 lakh to a charity that looks after the welfare of Bengali Film Technicians.
After the wrap up of Priyadarshan's Khatta Meetha, Akshay Kumar distributed over Rs 10 lakh to the crew of the film – everyone from the technicians, spot boys to the junior artists on the set got a share. He also supports Bharat Ke Veer Foundation for jawans.
Shilpa Shetty, who won Celebrity Big Brother 2007, donated her winning amount to AIDS awareness campaigns in India. She is also actively involved with PETA.
Among the most charitable on the list, Rahul Bose is part of Citizens for Justice and Peace as well as the Spastics Society of India. He is also associated with the Teach For India movement, which aims at equity in education. The first Indian Oxfam global ambassador, Bose is also the founder and chairman of 'The Group of Groups', an umbrella organisation for 51 Mumbai charitable organisations and NGOs.
Apart from being the face of the Polio eradication campaign, Amitabh Bachchan recently donated Rs 11 lakh to the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund. He also gave away Rs 2.5 lakh, he had received as a prize, to the Delhi Police constable Subash Chand Tomar, who died after succumbing to his injuries during the anti gang-rape protest in New Delhi.
Prateik Babbar donates a percentage of his salary to the charities. Earlier it used to be what he earned from his assisting jobs and now it's a percentage of his film remuneration. His donations go to multiple charities for aged people or street and orphan kids.
Singham actress Kajal Aggarwal has believed in giving back to the society since her college days. Not many people know that as a college student she used to teach at the Akansha foundation. Whenever she has free time on hand, she teaches her house help and people around her
Abhay Deol vouches for four NGO's, Video Volunteers, Butterflies, The Climate Project and Wildlife SOS. The actor found Butterflies on the internet. They do children development banking and basically encourage street kids to put aside a little bit of their daily earnings into a bank and earn monthly interest. They also have mobile schools. So they actually drive to where the kids are.
Our Bollywood stars make a fortune by starring in a handful of films, but a few of them do share their earnings with the less-privileged ones. Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan... the list is long. Meet some of these generous souls from B-Town
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