It comes as no surprise when Bollywood celebs go out of their way to earn money, fame and glamor. But you respect them more when they work for a special cause and not for applause. Here we bring to you some of the most charitable Bollywood celebs.
1. Salman Khan
Salman Khan is known as the most charitable celeb in Bollywood. He started an NGO called ‘Being Human’, which has now grown into one of the most notable organizations in the country. ‘Being Human’ not only supports needy children, but also gives money to kids who have no way of paying their medical bills.
2. Gul Panag
Gul Panag has been known to be offbeat for the type of life she lives. Due to her passion for awareness, education and employment, Gul is a part of Gul 4 Change and Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation. Apart from this, she has also been a part of ‘Shraddha Charitable Trust’, which is a workshop imparting vocational training and general information to mentally challenged young people. She has been doing a lot for underprivileged people and people suffering from life threatening diseases.
3. John Abraham
John Abraham happens to be an ardent animal lover, which makes him an active member of PETA. He has donated large amounts to this organization, but it was never covered by the Indian press nor has he ever flaunted it. He even has his own brigade, ‘John’s Brigade for Habitat’, providing homes for the needy. The actor largely participates in various projects that help to raise fund for homeless. Besides PETA, John is also involved with many other charity foundations.
4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not only blessed with beautiful eyes and face, but the actresses has an equally beautiful heart too. The woman with a generous soul started an Aishwarya Rai Foundation that aimed to help the poor and needy people. Besides this, the beauty also donated her eyes to Eye Bank Association of India.
5. Shahrukh Khan
If you had the impression that King Khan was a little selfish, then it would surprise you to know that he is secretly associated with more than ten NGOs and organizations. He has donated to various hospitals and also helped people in need of medical aid. King Khan spares spends time with mentally challenged and orphaned kids. Furthermore, he has also raised funds through his concerts for the people affected by natural calamities. Adding to this, SRK was appointed as the first global ambassador of UNOPS, which works to improve the lifestyle of people. SRK is also the first Indian to be recognized by UNESCO for his charitable works.
6. Rahul Bose
Rahul Bose, the unconventional actor, was one of the first celebrities from Bollywood to become the Oxfam Global Ambassador in 2007. The Oxfam Global campaign works for rehabilitation as well as relief of people living in the poor and harsh environments of Andaman and Nicobar. He is an active campaigner of ‘World Without Discrimination’ and with the same cause in mind, he opened ‘The Foundation’.
7. Shilpa Shetty Kundra
What people do not know about Shilpa is that she is a noble and kind-hearted woman who loves and believes in charities and donation. The ‘Big Brother’ winner donated her entire winning amount to the AIDS campaign in India. She is an active member of PETA and an anti-bullying charity campaign called ‘Act Against Bullying’.
8. Priyanka Chopra
Apart from her acting career, Chopra is extremely passionate about helping kids with their education and health. Priyanka was appointed UNICEF’s National Ambassador in 2010 and now has a long standing association with the ‘Save the Girl’ campaign by UNICEF. She has been supporting the girl child cause for many years; the money raised by her was further used to help create a safe and protective environment for girls in India.
9. Vidya Balan
Recently, Vidya Balan has been making the news for raising a voice for proper sanitation and hygiene in India. Now, she has became the brand ambassador for clean drinking water and sanitation campaign in India. According to sources, the actress will soon be supporting a campaign called ‘Clean India’ which is an initiative for a cleaner India.
10. Amitabh Bachchan
Big B worked as a goodwill brand ambassador of UNICEF’S Pulse Polio Drive in 2005 and established ‘The Tsunami Welfare’ where he donated a huge amount to earthquake victims in Latur in 2004. Apart from this, he also started an online bidding scheme called ‘Jeneration’, which allowed celebrities to put their clothes on sale and the money generated through this would be given to various charities.