The world has come to a standstill with the outbreak of coronavirus. Many online concerts have been organized by celebrities in order to raise money for those who have been impacted amid the global crisis. In the India edition, filmmakers Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar are organizing a fundraiser ‘I for India’ to raise funds for Give India Foundation. The online concert will feature a vast line up of celebrities.
A grand finale Concert and Fundraiser to Facebook Social for Good Live-athon; with 85+ top Indian and global stars to raise funds for GiveIndia Covid-19 relief fund. Facebook has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Indian entertainment to put together a home-to-home fundraiser concert, I For India. 100% proceeds from the fundraiser concert will go to the India COVID Response Fund managed by GiveIndia, to support on-ground relief efforts. GiveIndia (www.giveindia.org) is India’s largest giving platform with reach across 23 states. It is associated with over 100 NGOs, working on-ground to support the required interventions with prevention, healthcare infrastructure, livelihood support and essentials for people in need. The vision for the concert by leaders from the entertainment industry is three-pronged: to entertain those locked down in their homes. To pay tribute to those who are working on the frontlines. And to raise funds for those who have no work and no home and do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi will be a part of it.
Asha Bhosle, Arijit Singh, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjianii, Pritam, and Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa among others will also participate in the performances. Kapil Sharma is expected to share some fun gags and is currently working on the scripting part of it. Hrithik Roshan is set to perform Kishore Kumar’s ‘Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahaan’ whereas Alia will also croon some of her tracks.
Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar reached out to the stars and will be hosting the upcoming digital fundraiser concert on Facebook to raise funds. A donate option will be provided to raise funds from across the globe.
Amongst the international celebrities, Will Smith, Jonas Brothers, and Bryan Adams have reportedly come on board for the concert too. Meanwhile, Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma will also interact with the viewers!
Priyanka Chopra says, "“Unexpected, uncontrolled, unparalleled. The coronavirus has forged a brutal path across the world, and in the line of fire is well - you me and pretty much everyone across the world. Lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing - yeh hain humara naya normal. Khud ko surakshit rakhne ke liye hume ek dusre se dur rehna pad raha hai, Phir bhi mann hi mann main hum ek saath hain, as always.”
Anushka Sharma adds, "While we may be social distancing, and that’s the requirement, I don’t think we’ve ever been more connected. People helping each other, spreading awareness just so that we can protect each other and that is the victory of the human spirit’
Rani Mukerji says, "Instances of child abuse have increased during lockdown. I urge you all to stay more vigilant. If you see or hear anything suspicious or odd please report it to the authorities immediately. My daughter Adira calls this coronavirus an invisible monster lurking in the streets, she tells me mamma, this monster will surely go away one day."
Anoushka Shankar adds, “Humans have an incredible capacity for hope and resilience, and finding new ways to help others who need more than we do. Every end is a new beginning."
Zoya Akhtar further adds, “May we remember the lessons learnt and never forget we aren’t above nature, we’re just a small part of it.”
Shabana Azmi says, “It’s time we realised how interdependent we are on each other. Irrespective of caste, class, gender, religion or country. It’s time for introspection. It’s time to shed our prejudices, it’s time to come together in kinship and harmony.”
Katrina Kaif adds, "There are 1000s of frontline and emergency workers who are putting their lives on the line every day in the fight against COVID-19. Every rupee we collect today will help equip these heroes better thus protect them better. So please help keep safe those who keep us safe.”