Bollywood celebrities Varun Dhawan and Rohit Shetty were honored at the Sak Salman 2021 for their humanitarian efforts during the coronovirus-inspired lockdown on Saturday last year.
The awards, held at Prabhadevi’s Ravindra Natyamandir in Mumbai, recognized the contribution of citizens during an unprecedented crisis in the country leading to loss of lives and livelihoods.
Varun Dhawan gave Rs 30 lakh to PM-KRES and Rs 25 lakh to the Maharashtra CM Relief Fund and also distributed free food to the workers, along with health workers leading the fight against coronovirus.
ran away @SalalMediaNews award for #Koronavarwari In the presence of Hon @CMOMaharashtra @PawarSpeaks @AnilDeshmukhNCP @ rajeshtope11 @advanilparab @RahulGadpale Where I gave an award to socially conscious, talented n @Varun_dvn pic.twitter.com/Z4qgDWWKqe
– Urmila Matondkar (@Urmila Matondkar) January 30, 2021
He was presented the award by actor-politician Urmila Matondkar, who took to Twitter to post a picture with the Coolie No.1 star.
“@PawarSpeaks @AnilDeshmukhNCP @ rajeshtope11 @advanilparab @RahulGadpale honored @ SakalMediaNews in the presence of a respectable @CMOMaharashtra, where I presented an award for making the society aware, talented n, socially aware.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar etc. participated in this award.
Director Rohit Shetty was also honored for his contribution. The filmmakers were among the first Bollywood celebrities to announce financial assistance to the underprivileged.
The Simba director donated Rs 51 lakh to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) to provide financial assistance to daily wage laborers in the Hindi film industry. Later, he cooked food and made arrangements for the Mumbai Police personality at eight hotels in the city, who are working to stop the spread of coronavirus at the grassroots level.
While expressing gratitude for the recognition, Rohit wrote that it is an honor to serve Mumbai and its police force. “Meet the team that turns me into a human being. @ navin.p.shetty & @aalimhakim It is an honor to serve my city and stand with the force that protects it… Mumbai Police! Thank you Sackal 2021 for this hospitality! “The director wrote.