"the everyday abuse and the filth of distasteful comments"
Amitabh Bachchan has reacted to the online hate he is receiving for supposedly not contributing to Covid-19 relief.
India is currently battling its second wave of Covid-19, and multiple Bollywood celebrities are doing their part for various relief funds.
However, Bachchan has been accused of not doing enough to help his country through its Covid-19 crisis.
Now, he has hit back, revealing that he has been going above and beyond to help India through its second wave.
Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to open up about the donations he has given, including previous contributions to other causes.
He also shared that he believes in doing charity work, rather than speaking about it.
In his blog, Bachchan wrote:
“Yes I do charity, but have ever believed it to be done, then spoken of… it is embarrassing, in too great a self-consciousness… of one that has ever felt shy of public presence despite the profession – one that has to find its usp in public domains is relevant today for me.”
The veteran actor added:
“The pressure though… the everyday abuse and the filth of distasteful comments has never been of attention to me or to the family.
“We have seen it from the time immemorial… happens… some are ridden with the wisdom that it shall happen… so all the efforts continued in the quiet.
“No divulge to the information agencies… no talk of it either… only the receiver knew and that was the end.”
Amitabh Bachchan went on to share a long list of donations that he and his family have made over the years, particularly during the pandemic.
Sharing his contributions to Covid-19 relief, he said:
“Those that suffered during the Covid last year… providing food for over 400,000 daily wage earners in the country for a month… feeding almost 5000 in the city each day lunch and dinner.
“Provided masks, PPE units to front line warriors, Police Hospitals in the thousands…through personal funds… donating to the Sikh Committee that was helping the migrants to travel back home in the Inter-State busses, where the drivers were mostly Sikh.”
Amitabh Bachchan continued to state the support he has given to multiple Covid-19 relief efforts.
The actor has donated an entire Diagnostic Centre for the poor in memory of “my Nana, Naand my Mother”.
Bachchan has even adopted two children who lost their parents to the pandemic and plans to pay for their education in full.
“Young children… orphaned by the sudden death of the parents, left in oblivion.
“Have adopted two and shall be put in an orphanage in Hyderabad, their study board and lodging free till they finish School, from the 1st to the 10th and if they turn out bright to provide them with free upper education.”
Amitabh Bachchan has also pledged to make further donations to Covid-19 relief and other causes.
Bachchan mentioned multiple other charitable donations he and his family have made over the years, including:
- Paying off the bank loans of more than 1,500 farmers, preventing them from suicide.
- Providing shoes to migrant workers walking home.
- Arranging free travel by bus, train and plane for migrants, and supplying them with food and water.
- Helping the families of 40 CRPF personnel who died in the 2019 Pulwama terror attack.
- Setting up a hospital care centre with 25-50 beds.
- Donating £190,000 for oxygen cylinders.
- Ordering ventilators for various hospitals.
- Feeding around 1,000 people living in slums.