Twinkle Khanna, an actor-turned-author, thanked her “neighbor,” actor Hrithik Roshan and actress Vidya Balan, for their contributions to COVID-19 relief. Since mid-March, India has seen an increase in COVID-19 deaths, and the country is now fighting a deadly second wave of the pandemic.
Twinkle posted on Instagram, sharing a photo of Hrithik, “Going beyond help thy neighbor, mine is doing his bit during this crisis in multiple ways. A big shout-out @hrithikroshan.”
Twinkle posted a black-and-white photo of Vidya on Tuesday, describing her as talented and generous, and wrote, “Thank you @balanvidya! A woman with immense talent and an even larger heart. For quietly helping those in need.” Fans praised both for their contributions, with many hearts and applause emojis to express their gratitude.
Twinkle Kumar announced on social media last month that she and her partner, Akshay Kumar, had donated 100 oxygen concentrators. She admitted to being in a “bit of a hole” due to her family’s illness, but that she “couldn’t stay there for long.” She encouraged everyone to step up and assist in whatever manner they could.
Twinkle responded to claims that she and Akshay were not doing anything to help those affected by the pandemic earlier this month. In Hindi, a Twitter user wrote to her, “Twinkle ji, your husband is among the richest artistes in this country. Rather than pretending to help by collecting donations, it would have been better had your family shown a little more kindness.”
In response, she wrote “Have donated 100 concentrators toward this cause & in multiple other ways. As I’ve said before, it’s not about me or you but what we can do collectively for those in need. Sad that at this point, instead of pitching in, we expend energy in pulling people down. Stay safe.”