Helping a cause makes me happy, says Akshay Kumar

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, who is increasingly supporting social causes and cinema with a purpose, says helping a cause and spreading awareness among people makes him happy.

Akshay has come on board as the face of a Happy Heart India campaign by Asian Heart Institute and The Times of India. It aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart and happy life. As part of this, 200 underprivileged children will get free heart surgery, read a statement.

“Seeing a child suffer an ailment and have little or no power to help them makes parents feel hurt. I am glad that this initiative will help 200 children and their families live a happy life. Helping a cause and reaching out to people for the same is what makes me happy,” Akshay said. (Also Check: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’ and John’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ to lock horns at the box office

The actor has himself been a long-term advocate in spreading a word on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

“I have always wanted to be a part of something that spreads smiles and joy to people who need it the most. I personally believe that having a healthy heart guarantees a happier and longer life,” said Akshay, urging people to come forward and help in making sure that “a heart reaches to the deprived”.

The campaign allows people to nominate patients from humble backgrounds, less than 12 years of age and in need for heart surgery.

Deepika Padukone in Time 100 Influential People of 2018 list

Deepika Padukone in Time 100 Influential People of 2018 list

Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature in the Time 100 Influential People in the World, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe.

In the Time magazine, international star Vin Diesel, Deepika’s co-star in her Hollywood debut ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ has penned words of appreciation for her.

“Making that movie, Deepika took committed to a whole other level. That’s who she is as a performer. She wants the whole movie to shine, which is a rare thing.

“Anyone could talk about how beautiful she is, and anyone could tell you about her unmatched comedic timing. But she isn’t just a star. She’s an actor’s actor, dedicated to the craft,” Diesel wrote. (Also Read: Deepika Padukone Picks Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee For Her Wedding)

Deepika scored a success at the box office this year with the epic drama ‘Padmaavat’ in which she played the title role.

One of the highest paid actors of Indian cinema today, she has 18 brands in her portfolio and has a strong social media presence.

Apart from her work as an artiste, Deepika’s philanthropic side has seen her spreading awareness on the condition of mental illness. She has spoken about her battle with depression and has been working towards creating awareness with her NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLF).

The Time magazine list also features actress Meghan Markle, who will become a British royal family member upon her wedding to Prince Harry next month.

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar accused of sexually harassing singer

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar accused of sexually harassing singer

Pakistani actress-model-singer Meesha Shafi has accused fellow Pakistani artiste Ali Zafar of sexual harassment.

“I have been subjected to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences did not happen when I was young or just entering the industry,” Meesha said in a note that she tweeted on Thursday.

“This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children,” the note read. (Also Read: We can’t decide if it’s Ali Zafar’s voice or just him that’s making us go weak in the knees)

She also wrote that she chose to share about the incident because “I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society.

“It is not easy to speak out but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo,” she added in the wake of sexual harassment incidents happening across the globe.

Ali, who has also worked in Bollywood films like “Dear Zindagi” and “Kill Dil”, is yet to respond to the allegations.