Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit are facing a lot of anger and criticism for performing at the controversial ‘Saifai Mahotsav’ while people were dying from severe cold in Muzaffarnagar relief camps. The film stars reached the village in Etawah district in seven chartered aircrafts for the grand finale of the annual “Saifai Mahotsav” that ended last night.
Salman Khan released a statement on being criticised – Whenever I visit a place for a performance or a promotion, I see it as an opportunity to help the locals in the areas of healthcare or education. In Nagpur, on Sunday, Being Human pledged to fund 100 paediatric cardiac cases in Maharashtra State.
And in Etawah, Being Human, on behalf of all artists who performed yesterday, has committed to fund 200 paediatric heart surgeries in UP (there is already a wait list of 81 children we have received who are being moved to Fortis Hospital Gurgaon and their surgeries will get done by month end and Being Human is in touch with local NGOs and hospitals for their lists also).
We have also contributed Rs. 25 lakh to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital for the purchase of an Echo Machine, Pediatric & Neo Natal Ventilator and a Portable X-ray machine for their paediatric cardiac ICU.
Madhuri Dixit took to Twitter to defend the decision to perform at the Mahotsav and wrote, “As artists and celebrities, we believe in using our reach to help others through drawing attention to the needs of the day.”
For UP, on behalf of the artists who performed at Safai, Being Human is donating Rs. 25 lakhs to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College.