BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha found himself in a bit of a pickle when he voiced strong and uneasy opinions that celebrities donate to show off.
In an earlier interview, he had said, “It is downright offensive and demoralizing to hear someone has contributed Rs. 25 crores. Is this to say, you are going judge an individual’s volume of concern for the current crisis by the amount of money he gives away? In no part of the world do celebrities flaunt the amount they give for charity. Charitable causes are always a private affair. I fear showbiz is now in the danger of collapse, so now we have it being replaced by show-off biz.”
Naturally, people assumed that he was referring to Akshay Kumar who had donated Rs. 25 crore to the PM-CARES Fund, but Sinha painstakingly clarifies that wasn’t what he had in mind.
“When I made that statement, I didn’t have Akshay Kumar in mind. People came to their own conclusion because Akshay has given Rs. 25 crores for the virus-affected. I would never target Akshay for any taunt. He is not only my daughter Sonakshi’s leading man but also a dear family friend. We visit one another socially,” he said, reports Bollywood Hungama.
He further added that there were few good-hearted people like Akshay. “He is constantly tapping into his stardom to do good for the needy and the underprivileged. Whenever there is a cause, he’s always at the forefront to help. His generosity and concern for the downtrodden is an example to all of us,” he said.