"We hope this helps. Take care"
Several Bollywood stars are now offering their support in India’s fight against Covid-19 after they were previously criticised for escaping to the Maldives during the crisis.
The likes of Alia Bhatt, Disha Patani and Ranbir Kapoor travelled to the Maldives for lavish holidays.
While some stars kept their holidays private, others brazenly flaunted pictures on the island.
Meanwhile, the rest of India has been struggling with a significant second wave.
Cases are well over 300,000 a day while medical provisions like oxygen are in short supply.
Netizens criticised them for showing off their “privilege” and being “insensitive” while the rest of the country struggled to cope with the virus.
Following the backlash, the same Bollywood stars who went on holiday are now lending their support.
Alia Bhatt had travelled to the Maldives with Ranbir Kapoor and the pair were met with criticism. They were slammed especially because they travelled shortly after recovering from Covid-19 themselves.
Alia has now turned her Instagram profile into a Covid-19 helpline, working with journalist Faye D’Souza.
The actress has also been posting government helpline numbers for various states.
Alia wrote: “It is a time of great uncertainty. Infrastructure and information are in need of the hour.
“We are limited in terms of what we can do for infrastructure. But we can do our bit to identify and amplify relevant information.
“I’m happy to be working with Faye D’Souza, who is helping us to identify the information and the both of us will amplify in whatever best way we can.
“We hope this helps. Take care and stay safe.”
Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani, who also faced backlash for their holiday, have been encouraging their followers to get vaccinated.
Disha, who actively posted pictures from her holiday, posted:
“Guys we can all do a small part to protect our motherland. Let’s get vaccinated.”
Other Bollywood stars have shown their support for the Covid-19 response.
Priyanka Chopra and husband Nick Jonas set up a fundraiser in collaboration with GiveIndia.
Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation launched a food truck that is providing meals to frontline workers and the police in Mumbai.
Sonu Sood is transporting sick patients, providing medication and delivering blood plasma while encouraging people to get vaccinated.
He posted: “The speed at which we get requests across the country. Trying my best to reach out to everyone.
“Everyone… Please come forward. We need more helping hands. Do your best to the best of your capabilities.”
Other Bollywood stars include Jacqueline Fernandez, Suniel Shetty, Katrina Kaif, and Ayushmann Khurrana.