he COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world down to its knees. Not only developing countries like India, even the developed nations like the US are struggling to keep up with the speed at which the deadly disease is spreading. Moreover, there’s a clear shortage of basic medical equipment like masks, sanitizers and hazmat suits that the doctors fighting the pandemic on the front lines require. Many celebs have donated to the PM-CARES fund while some have chosen to help in other capacities in their fight against coronavirus.
As India continues to fight the spread of coronavirus, people from all walks of life, including celebrities, industrialists and politicians have stepped in to contribute. The Union government has set up a public charitable trust under the name The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Many have donated to the PM-CARES fund while some have chosen to help in other capacities. Given the trying times, we are in, several renowned personalities from the Indian film industry have come forward to help those in need. The donations, both monetary and otherwise, seek to bring the much-needed relief to those struggling to copy with the crisis.Here is a list of people who have so far donated towards efforts to fight the coronavirus in India:
Celebrities Pledged Support
Filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Sonam Kapoor, Ayushman Khurrana and few others also pledged support but did not say how much they were donating.
Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 25 lakh each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra’s Relief Fund.
Virat and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many & we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens #IndiaFightsCorona
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) March 30, 2020
Actress Anushka Sharma, her cricketer-husband Virat Kohli has pledged their support to the PM CARES fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s relief fund. However, they chose not to disclose the amount.
This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/dKbxiLXFLS
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 28, 2020
Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan has contributed Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM-Cares fund.
It is the absolute need of the hour to rise together as a Nation.
Whatever I am, whatever money I’ve earned, is only because of the people of India; and for us I am contributing Rs. 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund.
I URGE all my fellow Indians also to help as much as possible 🙏🏻 https://t.co/AzTT3lWHtr
— Kartik Aaryan (@TheAaryanKartik) March 30, 2020
Varun Dhawan pledged Rs 30 lakh to PM-CARES Fund and Rs 25 lakh to Maharashtra CM’s relief fund.
I pledge to contribute 30 lakhs to the PM CARE fund. We will over come this. Desh hai toh hum hain. https://t.co/E87IU22NaF
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 28, 2020
Actor Shilpa Shetty, along with her husband Raj Kundra, pledged to donate Rs 21 lakhs to PM-CARES.
For humanity, our country, & fellow citizens that need us; now is the time, let’s do our bit.@TheRajKundra & I pledge 21 lacs to @narendramodi ji‘s PM-CARES Fund. Every drop in the ocean counts, so I urge you all to help fight this situation.#IndiaFightsCorona @PMOIndia https://t.co/A0p2sAbGs8
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) March 29, 2020
Bhushan Kumar, who heads film studio T-Series, said he will donate Rs 11 crore.
In this hour of need, I pledge to donate Rs. 1 crore to the CM’s relief fund along with my family at @Tseries. Hope we all get through this difficult time soon. Stay home, stay safe. @CMOMaharashtra @OfficeofUT @AUThackeray #IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/HbIuOKWL0C
— Bhushan Kumar (@itsBhushanKumar) March 29, 2020
TV host and actor Maniesh Paul said he will donate Rs 20 lakh and Murad Khetani, the producer of 2019 blockbuster “Kabir Singh”, pledged Rs 25 lakh to PM-CARES and another 25 lakhs to the Maharashtra Relief Fund
— Box Office India (@boxofficeindia) March 29, 2020
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has pledged to give Rs 1 crore of his personal funds to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) along with Rs 50 lakhs to Chief Minister of West Bengal’s Relief Fund.
Teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker donated Rs 1 lakh to the Haryana government
युवा निशानेबाज मनु भाकर ने तेजी से फैल रही कोविड-19 महामारी से निपटने में मदद के लिये हरियाणा सरकार को सोमवार को एक लाख रुपये दान में दिये।#IndiaFightsCorona @realmanubhaker @cmohryhttps://t.co/ZJJYH7SPI8
— YourStoryHindi (@YourStory_Hindi) April 1, 2020
Mangeshkar announced on Twitter that she was donating Rs 25 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Assistance Fund as part of her “duty to help your government during this difficult time”.
नमस्कार.आपण आपल्या सरकारला या कठिण प्रसंगी मदत करणे हे आपले कर्तव्य आहे. मी माझ्या तर्फ़े मुख्यमंत्री सहाय्यता निधीला २५ लाख रुपये देत आहे. माझी सर्वांना नम्र विनंती आहे की सरकारच्या क़ोरोना विरोधी लढ्यात आपण सुद्धा सरकारला यथाशक्ति मदत करावी.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) March 31, 2020
Sara Ali Khan also pledged an undisclosed amount towards the relief work in order to combat COVID-19 spread in the country.
Sara Ali Khan donates to PM Fund, urges fans ‘do a good deed’ for ‘those in need’ https://t.co/IRSBoQye9p
— Republic (@republic) March 31, 2020
Priyanka, along with popstar-husband Nick Jonas, donated an undisclosed amount to 10 charities including Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES), UNICEF, Goonj, Doctors Without Borders, No Kid Hungry, and SAG-AFTRA.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) March 31, 2020
Vicky Kaushal said he was contributing Rs 1 crore to PM-CARES and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) March 31, 2020
Alia Bhatt also pledged her contribution to the PM-CARES Fund and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra).
Come on India! Join @PhonePe_
#100CrorePledge! We will add Rs.10 to everyone’s donation to the PM CARES FUND! Donate via @UPI_NPCI
now and lets get 10 crore Indians to donate to this amazing cause! We will pledge Rs.100 crores on top!!! #100CrorePledge #DonateKaroNaIndia https://t.co/k3Zblwfkos pic.twitter.com/taYp05zJmZ
— Sameer.Nigam (@_sameernigam) March 28, 2020
On Monday, Bollywood actor Nana Patekar sent out a tweet along with a video message, announcing that he will be donating Rs 50 lakh to the PM CARES fund to support India’s fight against COVID-19.
— Nana Patekar (@nanagpatekar) March 30, 2020
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan pledged to financially support 25,000 daily wage workers from the film industry in the wake of the national lockdown, according to Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE).
Actor Katrina Kaif announced on Monday that she will be making her contributions to the PM CARES Fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to help the nation combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh pledged to donate Rs 20 lakh to lend support to the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) March 30, 2020
Sonam, too, donated an undisclosed amount to those fighting the COVID-19 crisis
Actor Rajkummar Rao on Sunday voiced his support and donated to PM’s Relief Fund, CM’s Relief Fund and also to Zomato Feeding India to aid the battle against COVID-19.
It’s time to stand together & to help our administration in this fight against Coronavirus. I’ve done my bit..Donated to #PMReliefFund #CMReliefFund and to #ZomatoFeedingIndia to help feed families in need. Please support in whatever way you can. Our Nation Needs Us. Jai Hind🇮🇳❤️
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 29, 2020
Indian singer and rapper Badshah on Sunday announced that he has pledged to donate Rs 25 lakh to the PM-CARES fund for the country’s battle against COVID-19.
I pledge to donate 25 Lakh rupees to the PM-CARES fund. A small contribution towards strenthening our country’s fight against the ongoing crisis. Together we will win. Jai hind. https://t.co/yjZcPwow40
— BADSHAH 2.0 (@Its_Badshah) March 29, 2020
Actor Varun Dhawan decided to step up and do his bit to help the nation fight the COVID-19 crisis.
After Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan, actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Sunday said that she has pledged to donate a sum of Rs 21 lakhs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM-CARES Fund.
Joining the others in the battle against coronavirus, actor Bhumi Pednekar on Sunday pledged to contribute to the PM-CARES Fund.
I pledge to contribute to the PM-CARES fund .Be it supplies,food,essentials or the research that humanity needs right now ,our support matters.We need to stand up,In whatever capacity we can,for those that are more vulnerable & in distress @narendramodi #jaiho #IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/e2VfBurD7J
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) March 29, 2020
As the number of coronavirus cases in India crossed the 600-mark, Hritik Roshan sent out a tweet, announcing that he had procured N95 and FFP3 masks for the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) workers and other caretakers.
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) April 3, 2020
Veteran actress, Hema Malini, who is also the BJP MP from Mathura, released a whopping amount of Rs 1 crore from the MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds for countering the virus.
Actor-politician Sunny Deol, who is known for his popular roles in films like ‘Gadar- Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, announced a donation of Rs 50 lakh from his MPLADS fund.
करोना जैसी महामारी के बचाव के लिए अपनी लोकसभा गुरदासपुर के सेहत विभाग को किसी भी तरह की दिक्कत का सामना ना करना पड़े इसलिए मैं अपने एमपी लैंड से ₹5000000 का फंड रिलीज करता हूं ताकि अपना हलका गुरदासपुर को इस महामारी से निपटने में किसी दिक्कत का सामना ना करना पड़े
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) March 25, 2020
South megastar Rajinikanth came to the rescue of those worst hit by the pandemic, by donating Rs 50 lakh to the daily wage workers of the South film industry.
Following in Rajinikanth’s footsteps, Prabhas too made a significant donation to the needy. As per a PTI report, the ‘Baahubali’ star donated a whopping Rs 4 crore towards COVID-19 relief.
Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan, who’s a member of the Jana Sena Party and is also popular for his roles in films like ‘Jalsa’ and ‘Gabbar Singh’, announced a donation of Rs 1 crore to the PM relief fund.
Indian film producer, entrepreneur and Telugu cinema star, Ram Charan, inspired by Kalyan’s contribution, announced that he will be donating Rs 70 lakh to the PMO and state governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to help with the ongoing health crisis.
Comedian Kapil Sharma, too, stood up for the nation and donated a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Prime Minister Relief Fund to help fight coronavirus in the country.
It’s time to stand together with the ones who need us. Contributing Rs.50 lakhs to the PM relief fund towards the #fightagainstcorona. Request everyone to #stayhome #staysafe #jaihind #PMrelieffund @narendramodi 🙏 🇮🇳
— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9) March 26, 2020
Hollywood star and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, donated $ 1 million each to aid relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jolie is contributing to the No Kid Hungry organization to keep underprivileged children from going hungry during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Entrepreneur Kylie Jenner, of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ fame also donated $1 million to LA area hospitals to buy necessary equipment. The news of Jenner, who is the founder-owner of cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics, making the donation was announced by the billionaire’s doctor Thais Aliabadi on Instagram
Continuing to lend a helping hand during the coronavirus pandemic, singer Rihanna donated protective equipment to New York state’s overloaded hospitals.
Giving back to the community, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated USD one million to provide critical supplies to medical professionals dealing with coronavirus patients.
Hollywood couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated $1 million to food banks amid the coronavirus outbreak.