The King’s Generosity!



Incomparable Khan

He’s the Badshah of Bollywood who has contributed to the country in more ways than just cinema. While a lot of stars speak about their charitable acts, King Khan prefers to be silent on it. A Badshah at heart too, Shah Rukh has a long list of philanthropic deeds to his credit. Though he doesn’t like to personally put light on his big heartedness, I found some online stories of his kindness and generosity where he hasn’t thought twice before shelling out money.

Many a times, SRK has lent a helping hand to those in need and one of the examples is when he helped a Kashmiri Pandit refugee family who met with a serious car accident on their way from Jammu to Delhi. When filmmaker Ashok Pandit, another Kashmiri Pandit, came to know about the accident, he asked Shah Rukh for help and the actor was generous enough to lend his monetary support instantly.

Every child has an ambition to be someone when he grows up. Unfortunately some children do not have the privilege. So for young ones suffering from life-threatening diseases, a dream coming true is as good as a miracle happening in their life. A small NGO called Make a Wish Foundation works on the wishes of such children and makes their wishes come true. Shah Rukh Khan has been closely involved with this NGO and has consistently come to help them out whenever they asked. Many of these little ones wish to meet Shah Rukh Khan and the actor arranges for such kids to be driven to his house and ensures that he spends some quality time with them by bringing joy in their limited lifespan.

Shah Rukh used to allegedly charge Rs 5000 per interview whenever a media channel interviewed him. SRK used the money strictly for charity purposes only. He used to take the money in the form of cheques in the favour of NGOs.

With his stint on Kaun Banega Crorepati in its third season , Shah Rukh was instrumental in getting a lot of prize money donated to social causes. He got many of his friends like Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji who were celebrity guests on the show, to donate all their prize money for some noble cause.

A person, who had just come to visit the sets and see the shooting, met with a tragic accident when a large fan fell on him and he died on the spot. Shah Rukh personally offered help to the deceased’s family and sent them money in testing times. SRK was not responsible for the mishap in any way nor was he officially obligated to help. But out of his moral sense, the actor did come forward to do the needful.

Farah Khan once revealed that after the super success of his film Om Shanti Om, SRK distributed a good part of the profits amongst his company employees as a goodwill bonus.

In conclusion, these are only a few of the many good deeds done by the badshah of Bollywood. Very few must know that NDTV’s Greenathon event of 2009, he adopted 5 villages and further adopted 12 villages in 2012. That apart, he had done concerts to raise money for earthquake affected areas. He was appointed first global ambassador of UNOPS, which is working to improve the lifestyle of people. According to his interview with the ‘Guardian’, he was quoted saying ‘I follow Quran which says if you do charity for a reason, it’s not a charity’.

When animator Charu Khandal from Red Chilies, who worked on King Khan’s Ra.One, was critically injured in a car accident, she got help from the badshah himself. The victim’s sister, Ritu, was quoted saying in an interview to that when SRK spoke to the hospital authorities, her sister Charu was given VIP treatment and Red Chilies paid around 8-10 lakhs for medical treatment. SRK himself was quoted telling media personnel at the airport, ” Yeah, it’s very unfortunate. I have been in touch with the office. I will go and take a look at her. I will pray that Allah makes her alright soon.”

Some years back a reporter from a popular media channel met with an accident just after he had interviewed Shah Rukh Khan. His condition was quite critical and the hospital authorities demanded big money for his treatment since the injuries were severe. There was little time and quick money was needed for his admission. When SRK got to know about this, he immediately arranged for the money which reportedly amounted to as high as one lakh per day for the treatment.
Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries in some days.

An Article from Shabab Khan Blog

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A Journalist, Philanthropist; Author of 'The Magician', 'Go!', 'Brutal'. Being a passionate writer, I am into Journalism and writing columns, news stories, articles for top media house. Twitter: @khantastix
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