A day after Ganpati Visarjan, we observed many Bollywood celebrities like Shahid Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Niharica Raizada, Ritwik Sahore and Tanuj Mahashabde on the beaches. They did not come to take a stroll but in fact, came to the beach for a clean-up drive.
Dia Mirza came with 1,200 Mumbaikars on Juhu beach to help clean up the debris and garbage left behind by the festivities.
Shahid Kapoor also took an active participation in this and he joined the citizens and helped them clean the beach. He supported the beach clean-up initiative and got surrounded by fans the moment he got out of his car.
This isn’t the first time that a celebrity has joined hands with other people to make sure the cleanliness is maintained. In fact, Shahid’s wife, Mira, too, has been vocal about the cause on her Instagram account. Just a few months back, she had taken to social media and raised concerns over the plastic remains that continue to dwell at the beach. She had then urged individuals and organisations to lend support for the cause.
In the past, many celebrities including Randeep Hooda, Saiyami Kher, Anusha Dandekar and Pooja Bhatt among others have taken the initiative to clean popular tourist spots including Juhu and Versova beach.
Dia once again urged her fans to respect nature and bring home eco-friendly Ganpati idols. “We are a country that has a tradition of worshipping nature. Every form of worship, every festival and deity, has been sculpted and molded from earth. It’s unfortunate that since the 20th century, the materials used to make idols of our precious Gods, are not natural and are causing harm to the environment,”
The actress further said, “Whenever I see these beautiful Ganpati idols washing up on the beach after the visarjan, it breaks my heart. I don’t believe any God would ever want to destroy and cause harm to the world that he has created.”
Dia stressed that Ganesh Chaturthi is definitely one of her favourite festivals. The actress is looking forward to visiting her friends’ homes this year. “I love visiting all my friend’s homes and enjoying the delicious modaks and laddoos.”
Gold actor Amit Sadh, too, believes in celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi as an eco-friendly festival. “Like every year, I am going to enjoy this festival with people. But the celebration will definitely be without noise and plastic; and in good spirit,” Amit said.