Indian filmmaker and superstar Ajay Devgn is a man of few words. True to his demeanour, he has been working quietly with the BMC to provide emergency medical facilities for Mumbaikars affected by COVID-19. One hears that even as the BMC commissioners, corporators and others work tirelessly on ground zero, literally round the clock to monitor the emergency services, Devgn himself has been working in close tandem by doing his bit. It was reported that last year he donated ventilators to Dharavi, one of the areas that were badly hit at that point, helping the situation to a great extent.
This time around, Devgn and a few of his esteemed colleagues from the film fraternity have gone ahead and helped the BMC to set up an emergency medical unit at Mumbai's Shivaji Park. Local newspapers reported that BMC has converted Bharat Scouts & Guides Hall at Shivaji Park to a 20-bed COVID-19 facility with ventilators, oxygen support and para monitors. Funds for this have been contributed by Devgn through his social service wing NY Foundations. "It is great that Ajay Devgn supported BMC,'' said local Shiv Sena corporator Vishaka Raut. "It will be an extension of Hinduja Hospital,'' said COO, Joy Chakraborty confirming that they would provide food, linen, medicine and manpower to this emergency unit.
Even Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have managed to get their hands on 100 oxygen concentrators and pledged to donate it to COVID-19 patients. Sharing a tweet about the same, Khanna wrote, “Wonderful news-Dr Drashnika Patel & Dr Govind Bankani of London Elite Health through Daivik Foundation are donating120 oxygen concentrators and as @akshaykumar and I have managed to get our hands on 100 as well, we have a total of 220. Thank you for the leads. Let’s all do our bit
Sources say that besides Ajay Devgn himself, filmmakers Anand Pandit, Boney Kapoor, Luv Ranjan, Rajneesh Khanuja, Leena Yadav and Ashim Bajaj; OTT giants, Sameer Nair(Applause), Deepak Dhar & Rishi Negi (Banijay Asia, Seven Tauras Entertainment Private Limited), entrepreneur Tarun Rathi and Action-Director R P Yadav have reportedly made a contribution of over Rs.1 crore to the "Smiley Account" which is the business development cell of the BMC.
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