Akshay Kumar donates 90 lakhs to drought-hit families


The action hero of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar extended his helping hand to the drought-hit farmers of Maharashtra. He has contributed Rs 90 lakhs to the social cause. Akshay Kumar is moved on looking at the plight of the farmers who are ending their lives due to the acute crisis in different parts of the state. Situation in Marathwada region is worst where around 700 farmers committed suicide.

The actor has distributed Rs. 50,000 to each of the 30 widows in Beed district in Marathwada.

Nangre Patil was quoted by NDTV as saying, "Akshay had invited me and during the interval, I spoke to him about the drought in Marathwada and the plight of farmers. I showed him a video of how actors Nana Patekar and Makrand Anaspure were helping farmers. So that's when he expressed his desire to help but he wanted to do it discreetly and silently".

Earlier, Nana Patekar along with actor Makrand Anaspure extended their support and distributed cheques of financial aid to around 113 families of farmers in Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada.

Patekar has also founded a dedicated organisation named 'Naam Foundation' for the cause. "This (drought) is a natural calamity. I don't know whether my wish (of these leaders coming together) will be fulfilled or not. The drought is transient and it cannot be tackled by one party alone. Many people have helped (farmers) in their own ways, we are just postmen", the actor had said.

In an interaction with The Indian Express, Akshay Kumar said, “I don’t want to talk about. I feel it’s stupidity to talk about these acts. It’s embarrassing to answer all these things. I have never spoken about it. There is not point in me saying something like I was reading the newspaper and a thought struck or something of that sort. There is nothing to talk about it.”