Singer Neha Kakkar is once again hitting the headlines, and this time it is for her noble gesture towards a fellow music industry colleague. On the latest episode of the singing reality show Indian Idol on which Neha is one of the judges, she offered Rs 5 lakh as a gift to veteran lyricist Santosh Anand.
A few reports making rounds of the tinsel town say that Neha Kakkar was moved to tears when lyricist Santosh Anand, who penned songs such as Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai from Shor, and Mohabbat Hai Kya Cheez from Prem Rog, among other gems, told the audience that he has out of work for a while.
The veteran lyricist appeared on Indian Idol alongside musician Pyarelal of the legendary composer duo of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. As per the reports by DNA, Neha came to the aid of Santosh Anand and said, "I would like to give you ₹5 lakh as a small gesture and would also like to request the Indian entertainment industry to give Santosh Ji some work as he has been such a crucial part of our industry. It's our duty to help our colleagues in their bad times.”
Even Vishal Dadlani who is one judges of Indian Idol also sang a few songs written by Santosh Anand. It will be interesting to know that the veteran lyricist is a Filmfare recipient.
This is not the first time that Neha Kakkar has come to the rescue of a needy person. Earlier, she had offered an help of Rs 1 lakh to an Indian Idol contestant Shahzad Ali. The aspiring singer sang Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s classic Kinna Sohna Tenu.
Later Shahzad told the judges about his journey and how is an employee at a small cloth shop in the city. He also revealed being brought up by his Nani (maternal grandmother). Shahzad said that his Nani took a loan of Rs 5,000 so that he could come to Mumbai and participate in Indian Idol.
Neha Kakkar was touched by Shahzad Ali’s story and his will to pursue his dreams. While she offered him Rs 1 lakh, Vishal offered to find him a good teacher who could train him.