Actress Twinkle Khanna. Image Source: IANS

May 06 : Author Twinkle Khanna today took to Twitter to respond to a troll who criticised her for urging people to donate towards COVID-19 relief when she herself can contribute as her husband Akshay Kumar is one of the highest-paid actors in Bollywood. 

Recently, Twinkle urged her fans through an Instagram post to donate towards procuring oxygen supplies for the COVID patients as the country faces an acute shortage. She also informed that she and her husband Akshay Kumar recently procured and donated oxygen concentrators. Through her message, the diva urged people to work collectively to procure more oxygen concentrators.

Earlier in an Instagram post, Twinkle wrote that a friend messaged her who is looking for an oxygen cylinder for her grandmother. She further said that this is the story across the country, with friends, relatives, and strangers begging for air. The former actress further wrote “Help them breathe When India is gasping for air, every little action matters, every contribution counts...we need your help to procure more oxygen concentrators largely for hospitals that are still desperately in need. Please...contribute."

Responding to this appeal, a retired IAS officer asked Twinkle why she was urging others for donations rather than making the contribution herself. In a tweet in Hindi, former IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh wrote, “Twinkle ji, your husband is among the richest artistes in this country. Rather than pretending to help by collecting donations, it would have been better if your family had been a little more big hearted.”

Reacting to the tweet. Twinkle wrote on Twitter, “Have donated 100 concentrators toward this cause & in multiple other ways. As I’ve said before, it’s not about me or you but what we can do collectively for those in need. Sad that at this point, instead of pitching in, we expend energy in pulling people down. Stay safe.”

Earlier in an Instagram post, Twinkle wrote that she and Akshay Kumar have managed to get 100 oxygen concentrators. “Let's all do our bit,” she wrote. Last month, Akshay Kumar had tested positive for COVID-19. 

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