Vidya Balan, Milind Soman, Nana Patekar and Rajshri Deshpande – Indian celebrities who have stood up for bringing a change in the society

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If you think Antonina Zabinski in The Zookeeper’s Wife was a true hero, then you might also want to check out some of these Indian celebs who have been working towards bringing a positive change in the society. Be it promoting hygienic sanitation or fitness or mental health, these celebrities have taken it upon themselves to encourage people to be the change they want to see. In fact, Vidya Balan’s ‘Jahan soch wahan shochalaya’ campaign has been working wonders. Celebs like Vidya, Milind Soman, Nana Patekar and Rajshri Deshpande are our heroes who are making an effort to help people lead a normal life.

Milind with his extraordinarily fit lifestyle, which he implies is something everyone must follow is an inspiration to so many. He is 50 and probably the fittest man in the country. Not to mention, he is damn sexy even at this age. Now that’s how you age gracefully. Nana Patekar has been associated with the Farmers suicide prevention campaign for a really long time now. The actor, who himself leads a rather simple lifestyle, tries to help farmers lead a better life that does not lead them to committing suicide. Believe me, it’s one issue that has been bothering the country for a really long time.

Here’s how these celebrities are no less than real-life heroes.

Milind Soman – Cancer Awareness 

Milind Soman is known to be the fittest actor, he is the brand ambassador of Pinkaton, India’s biggest “women only” marathon which spreads awareness about women fitness and prevention of breast cancer, which holds a purpose of healthy lifestyle. Pinkatron raises money for the treatment of underprivileged women with cancer and has successfully been a savior to many lives. Milind Soman is known to be the Zookeeper of India truly with his dedication in fitness and social rescuer.

Vidya Balan – Sanitation/Open Defecation 

The actress, who is also known as the ‘female’ hero of Bollywood, has added one more feather to her long list of appreciated work. Vidya Balan has begun to work for the cause of drinking and sanitation campaign with the Rural Development ministry. Apart from drinking water and sanitation campaigns, the actress has campaigned for World Wildlife Fund ‘s Earth Hour campaign and Child In Need Institute.

Nana Patekar – Farmer Suicides

Nana Patekar has been donating money to widows of farmers in Maharashtra since last September and has been helping farmers financially through an NGO he co-runs with actor Makrand Anaspure. To relieve them of their debts, he collected Rs 80 lakh through an NGO Naam Foundation and distributed financial help to 113 families in Latur and Osmanabad.

Rajshri Deshpande 

Rajshri is extremely inclined towards social services, apart from her acting and dedicates her time to extensively helping others. She has adopted a village in Maharashtra called Pandhri Pimpalgaon and has conducted rainwater harvesting project, it helped the locals to bring back the life of the dead native river Bembla, a couple of people from the industry immensely supported her for this cause. Rescue Foundation. an NGO that not only rescues but rehabilitates and repatriate girls from human trafficking to name a few. Apart from this, she has been associated with organisations such as: Dharavi Dairy, Boodhnoor Vaidyashala, SOS papa, Beach O Beach, Plastics along with Juhi Chawla.

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Twitterati raise funds for Nana Patekar’s foundation

A fundraising campaign organised on micro-blogging website Twitter saw over 2,670 Twitter users pooling in money for Bollywood actor Nana Patekar and Marathi film maker Makarand Anaspure’s non-government organisation, Naam Foundation.

The foundation has been using the funds thus raised for the drought victims in Maharashtra.

The twitterati collectively sent out more than 20,000 unique tweets to raise funds for Maharashtra drought victims for the fundraising campaign, named #IcareISupport.

Conceptualised by cricket software company CricHQ, the campaign succeeded in raising several lakhs of rupees.

“This campaign showed social media’s unique ability to rally people for a worthy social cause. It also gave sports lovers a unique opportunity to channel their passion into direct benefits for the drought victims in Maharashtra,” Aroon Kumar, General Manager of Gobal Marketing at CricHQ, said in a statement.

The #IcareIsupport campaign drew support from several Indian and international cricketers as well.

New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris supported the campaign by urging his fans through a recorded video while Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, former New Zealand cricket team captain Stephen Fleming and the Twitter handle of Chennai Super Kings team also tweeted campaign messages inviting fund.

Source : http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/twitterati-raise-funds-for-nana-patekars-foundation-2911804/