This monsoon took away over 90 human lives and lives of hundreds of animals in the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Among others, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar came forward to donate Rs 2 crore for the relief work. The actor gave a crore each for the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, and for the rescue work in Kaziranga National Park.
Talking about donating money, he said, “Honestly, jab maine paise diye, I didn’t feel good. But I felt really good when I got a call from the Assam Chief Minister (Sarbananda Sonowal), who told me that, ‘aapke donation kebaad, bahut saare au rbhi logon ne donation diya.’ That made me happy. I really feel that our nation is an amazing one. If there’s ever any problem, you just have to start something and then there’s a ripple effect. You know, when I worked on ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ app, you can’t imagine how many people made donations. India is a large-hearted nation. We just need a little push."
Also an Assamese singer, Bornalee Deuri thanked Akshay for his donation. Akshay about this said: “One of the images that really affected me was of a mother holding her baby on her shoulders and wading through the rain waters. There was no expression of sadness or stress on her face. And that’s a bad sign. What all she must have gone through that she forgot all her sorrows. When I come across such photos, I am like, ‘it can happen to my wife or my daughter.’ Aisi photos bahut choobhtin hai. That’s why I did what I did."
He added: “I also saw some images of animals like rhinoceros, who were drowning, dying and screaming. We should all come together during such times – regardless of whether you can donate Rs 2 or 5 lakhs. That’s how a country is made. And humanity is all about that. I admit that God has given me a lot of money, so I give away without thinking twice. Kahaan lekejaane hai paise."
On the work front, the actor's latest release Mission Mangal has crossed Rs 100 crore mark. He has Housefull 4, Good News, Sooryavanshi and Bachchan Pandey, and Prithviraj Chauhan lined up. “See, agar yeh films chalgayi toh [line-up] acchahai. Otherwise, koi kucch nahi kar sakta with any sort of line-up of films. You know, a great man had once said, ‘you will keep going up and down, and down and up in life.’ So, it’s all good, as long as I enjoy the journey,” says the actor.