New Delhi –
The ‘king of Bollywood’ in India, Shah Rukh Khanalong with international stars such as the actor Will Smith and the legend of the rock Mick Jagger, offered a concert in line for nearly five hours yesterday to raise funds for those affected by the pandemic coronavirus.
Tens of thousands of users followed the event, in which attended by more than 70 celebrities in the countryas the captain of the national cricket team, Virat Kohli, along with artists from all over the world, in the show “I for India” (“I for India”), relayed by Facebook.
“I can, I will and I must help,” said Khan after singing a song in the key of humor, which explained that, after the crisis, “all will be well”.
Jagger and Smith talked about the difficulties they encountered migrant workers from the field, many of whom lost their jobs and now go hungry because of the landfill tax from the end of march to address the progression of the epidemic. “They might have lost their jobs, maybe lost their homes. They and their families may go hungry. So I would like to ask them to donate. Please, donate what you can,” said the singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger.
The event was attended by actors and actresses of Bollywood and local choral who sang or expressed how important it was to raise money for the needy.
Some famous interviewed doctors and experts on the virus and on how to work the health professionals to cope with the pandemic.
The concert was organized by the directors of Bollywood Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar and managed to raise, for the time being, of 37.5 million rupees (about 499.000 usd), slightly more than half of the target set, of 60 million rupees.
The total amount collected will be matched by major foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, organizers said Sunday.
The funds collected will be donated to more than 100 groups that provide food and other essential services during the crisis.
This money is needed to help “all those who do not have work or residence, and that they don’t know where will their next meal”, explained the organizers.
The landfill tax on the 25th of march, and at least until the 17 of may, 1,300 million indians left at risk to millions of workers and gave a huge blow to Asia’s third largest economy. Until yesterday, the country had registered more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19 and 1.306 deaths. (I)