In a noble gesture, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has offered his four-storey office in Mumbai to be used for treating Covid-19 patients, our New Delhi correspondent reports.
Khan's offer came after his wife Gauri announced several initiatives to help the central and state government in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), took to social media today to thank Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri for their offer.
"We thank @iamsrk & @gaurikhan for offering their 4-storey personal office space to help expand our Quarantine capacity equipped with essentials for quarantined children, women & elderly. Indeed a thoughtful & timely gesture", a tweet from the BMC's official handle read.
Shah Rukh, 54, had yesterday announced various other initiatives to help the country during the health crisis.
The actor has used his other endeavours -- Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX -- to provide support to the central and state governments.
The actor, along with Gauri and business partners Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta, will be contributing to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund through IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and will also make a donation to the Maharashtra CM's Relief Fund through his film banner Red Chillies Entertainment.
Apart from this, the actor's NGO Meer Foundation will work with the Maharashtra and West Bengal governments to supply 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to healthcare professionals and it is collaborating with non-government organisation "Ek Saath - The Earth" to provide food to over 5,500 families for at least a month in Mumbai.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and her counterparts in Delhi and Maharashtra -- Arvind Kejriwal and Uddhav Thackeray -- also thanked Shah Rukh on the Twitter.
Replying to Kejriwal, the actor wrote, "Sir, aap toh Dilliwalein hain, thank you mat karo, hukum karo. Apne Dilliwalein bhaiyon aur behnon ke liye hum lage rahenge. Ishwar ne chaha to jaldi is crisis se hum jeetkar niklenge [Sir you are Delhiwalah, don't say thank you. You just ask for it. I will always be around to help the brothers and sisters of Delhi. God willing, we will soon emerge victorious from this crisis. More strength, resilience and power to your teams on ground sir.]"
Earlier, other Bollywood stars, including Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt and more, announced contributions to the Covid-19 relief funds.