Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit Nene among others turned signers for a digital concert ‘I for India’ to raise funds for the frontliners working round-the-clock to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Facebook collaborated with some of the biggest names in Indian entertainment industry and Hollywood names like Mick Jagger, Will Smith and Sophie Turner to put together a home-to-home fundraiser concert, ‘I For India’ on Sunday.
The line-up was introduced by filmmakers Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar, with Akshay Kumar kick-starting the concert with a poem penned by lyricist Manoj Muntashir, titled Tumse Ho Nahi Payega.
It was followed by Aamir and his director-wife Kiran Rao, who said it was important in current times to extend support to the needy.
“But most importantly, to not leave hope,” Aamir said, urging people to donate for the frontline workers. The duo then sang classics such as Aa Chalke Tujhe Main Leke Chalun and Jeena Isika Naam Hai.
Shah Rukh closed the concert with a song composed by rapper Badshah and penned by lyricist Saini.
Titled Sab Sahi Ho Jayega, the song is about the perils of being locked up inside homes and the hope that sooner or later the world will be coronavirus free.
“Everybody who knows me knows that I cannot sing to save my life. So thank you for taking a chance on me, everybody. But that’s what life is about, it’s about good chances, hope, kindness and compassion in whatever ways we can,” Shah Rukh said.
Shah Rukh’s son, AbRam, also made an appearance in the song and the duo put up some adorable dance moves together.
Towards the end, when the Fan actor said he can go for “one more”, AbRam said, “Papa, it’s enough.”
Madhuri performed her rendition of popstar Ed Sheeran’s Perfect with her son Arin on the piano.
Alia Bhatt, along with sister Shaheen and composer Ankur Tewari, sang Ek Kudi from her film Udta Punjab and title song of her father Mahesh Bhatt’s film Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin.
Alia and Shaheen thanked the essential service providers and frontline workers for their continued, winning efforts amid testing times.
Farhan Akhtar, along with his band, performed Tum Ho Toh from his film Rock On!!, while Hrithik sang the popular track Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan and played the piano.
Tiger Shroff, known for his dance moves and action films, sang Theher Ja Tu Kisi Bahane Se and the classic Roop Tera Mastana.
By the end of the 4 hour 20 minute-long concert, over ₹3 crore were raised.
All the proceeds from the fundraiser concert will go to the India COVID Response Fund managed by GiveIndia, to support on-ground relief.
The concert also featured Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vidya Balan, Shabana Azmi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Diljit Dosanjh, Dulquer Salmaan, Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal, Anushka Sharma, Ayushmann Khurrana, Mindy Kaling, Jack Black, among others.
The celebrities also addressed plight of migrant workers, daily wage earners, hunger in times of COVID-19, child abuse and domestic violence, both of which have been on a rise since the lockdown began in India from March 25.
They also encouraged the audience to treat stray animals affectionately and develop eco-friendly habits going forward.
The music fraternity saw the presence of Bryan Adams, A.R. Rahman, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Jay Sean, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Jonas Brothers, Amaan Ali, Ayaan Ali, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Badshah, Rekha Bhardwaj and others.
Filmmakers such Farah Khan, Vishal Bhardwaj, and personalities from the field of sports such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Saina Mirza also took part in the event.