Mumbai, August 09, 2021- Some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment, artists and influencers are coming together for a global fundraiser on Facebook on this Independence Day, that is expected to unlock philanthropic donations upwards of ₹25 crore for Covid-19 relief work. We For India: Saving Lives, Protecting Livelihoods will be livestreamed on Sunday, August 15 at 7.30 PM IST and raise funds for Covid-19 relief missions of GiveIndia, the largest and most trusted giving platform in India today.
The celebrity participants (full list below) will express solidarity and support for saving lives and livelihoods in India after the devastation caused by the second wave of the pandemic. All proceeds from the mega event will be utilized by GiveIndia to provide both humanitarian aid and strengthen healthcare infrastructure.
This three hour videothon will feature over 100 artistes including leading Bollywood filmmakers Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali, Farah Khan, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikram Bhatt & Ribhu Dasgupta.
International stars and music sensations will also be featuring in the show such as Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox alongside her daughter, Lola Lennox, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Africa origin actress Ini Dima-Okojie, superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nancy Ajram, Co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers, music group Sister Sledge ft Sledgendary, amongst others. Inspiring messages will also be shared by storyteller Jay Shetty and television star Dina Shihabi.
Several interesting interactions will also be seen by stars such as Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, R. Madhavan, Farhan Akhtar, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Pratik Gandhi. The show will be hosted by the dapper Rajkummar Rao.
Veteran writer Javed Akhtar, Dance maestros Prabhudeva & Remo D’Souza, music world’s superstars A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Usha Uthup, Pandit Bikram Ghosh, Mithoon, Amit Trivedi, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant & Sulaiman Merchant, Swanand Kirkire, Shantanu Moitra, Kanika Kapoor, Lisa Mishra and sporting superstar Mahesh Bhupati will also be seen participating in some of the most endearing and enthralling performances. The show will also feature medical professionals who will share their experiences and urgent requirements to keep India safe.
Further amplifying the glamour quotient will be diva queens such as Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, Malaika Arora, Dia Mirza, Kalki Koechlin, Sanya Malhotra, Ananya Panday and Alaya F. Proceeds from the event will be utilized to provide critical facilities such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders, ventilators, and essential medicines as well as ICU units. Funds will also go towards supporting the staffing of vaccination centers. Funds will also be mobilized to support long-term public recovery and rebuild livelihoods such as those thrust into poverty due to a decline in earnings and complete loss of income. Humanitarian efforts in the form of meal and ration kits will be provided to the rural and urban families hit financially by the pandemic. Cash relief will be provided to families who have lost an immediate member.
Reliance Entertainment, the leading media and entertainment company is producing the event, We For India, in partnership with The World We Want (WWW), a purpose-driven enterprise, and supported by GiveIndia, India’s largest and most trusted giving platform. The exclusive streaming partner for this fundraiser is Facebook India.
Industry–wide support for producing the fundraiser was provided by Amar Ujala, Artist Original, Bling Entertainment, CAA Foundation, Collective Artists Network, D’Artist Talent Ventures, Dharma Cornerstone Agency, Eros International, Exceed, Matrix, Merchant Records, Mukta Arts and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Saregama, Shemaroo Entertainment, Sony Music, Tips International, T-Series, Universal Music Group, UTV Music, UTV Software Communication, Warner Music, Zee Music Company.
The global videothon will be live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Facebookindiapp) this Independence Day, Sunday, August 15 at 7.30 pm IST and provides an opportunity for viewers to also donate in real time to this worthy cause.
Active Donation Link: https://bit.ly/WeForIndia
List of Artists / Celebrities participating in the ‘WE FOR INDIA’ concert in Alphabetical Order:
A.R. Rahman • Adah Sharma • Aditi Rao Hydari • Ajay Devgn • Ajit Mohan • Akkineni Nagarjuna • Alaya F • Amit Mishra • Amit Tandon • Ananya Panday • Ankur Tewari • Annie Lennox • Arjun Kapoor • Arjun Mathur • Atul Satija • Bickram Ghosh • Dia Mirza •Dina Shihabi • Divyenndu Sharma • Dr. Ankesh Sahetya • Dr. Himanshu Mehta • Dr. Sanjay Arora • Dr. Tanu Singhal • Ed Sheeran • Farah Khan • Farhan Akhtar • Guru Randhawa • Harmeet Singh • Harrdy Sandhu • Hrishitaa Bhatt • Imtiaz Ali • Ini Dima-Okojie • Jaaved Jaaferi • Javed Akhtar • Jay Shetty • Jeeveshu Ahluwalia • Johnny Lever • Kabir Khan • Kalki Koechlin • Kanika Kapoor • Karan Johar • Karan Wahi • Kirti Kulhari • Lisa Mishra • Lola Lennox • Mahesh Bhupathi • Malaika Arora • Manish Malhotra • Manjari Fadnnis • Manmeet Singh • Meezaan • Mick Jagger • Mira Kapoor • Mithoon • Nakuul Mehta • Nancy Ajram • Natasha Mudhar • Nikhita Gandhi • Nile Rodgers • Nushrratt Bharuccha • Parampara Tandon • Parineeti Chopra • Prabhudeva • Pragya Jaiswal • Prakriti Kakar • Pratik Gandhi • Prosenjit Chatterjee • Purab Kohli • R. Madhavan • Rahul Bose • Rajkumar Hirani • Rajkummar Rao • Rakul Preet Singh • Rannvijay Singha • Remo D’Souza • Ribhu Dasgupta • Rohit Saraf • Sachet Tandon • Saif Ali Khan • Salim Merchant • Sanjana Sanghi • Sanya Malhotra • Sapan Verma • Saqib Saleem • Sara Ali Khan • Shankar Mahadevan • Shantanu Moitra • Sharad Kelkar • Shekhar Ravjiani • Shibasish Sarkar • Shilpa Rao • Shilpa Shetty Kundra • Shreyas Talpade • Siddhant Chaturvedi • Siddhanth Kapoor • Sidharth Malhotra • Sister Sledge ft Sledgendary • Sonakshi Sinha • Sonu Sood • Steven Spielberg • Sukriti Kakar • Sulaiman Merchant • Swanand Kirkire • Tanya Maniktala • Tisca Chopra • Tusshar Kapoor • Usha Uthup • Varun Sharma • Vidya Balan • Vikram Bhatt • Vikramaditya Motwane • Vishal Dadlani
Namit Sharma, Creative Producer, Reliance Entertainment, said: “The last 18 months have been transformational and have taught us the importance of giving back. Indian society is at a critical juncture where millions are economically displaced due to loss of jobs or loved ones. While future waves may bring other challenges, the job at hand is to help our fellow Indians as much as we can now. Our effort in putting together this fund raiser, working closely with multiple partners and talent from across the globe has taught us one thing- the world is one, and there is no dearth of goodness and kindness. Personally, im grateful to the team that came together to put together We for India. We hope the audience will love the show and also open their hearts in helping fellow Indians.”
Sweta Agnihotri, CEO – Content and Syndication, Reliance Entertainment, said: “Unity, empathy and community are the ideals we strive for at Reliance Entertainment, and we believe in their power to be a force of good. While case numbers may have subsided for now, they do not truly reflect the on-ground reality. After almost a year and a half of the pandemic and after two waves, there has been a long-term health and economic fallout for families. That is why we believe in We For India, standing in solidarity with the people of India, and together aiming to raise much needed funds.”
Natasha Mudhar, Founder of The World We Want said: “We believe in the power that lies in global solidarity when everyone, everywhere comes together in a collective effort to create change. Leveraging the power of popular culture, we hope We For India will entertain and inspire action, encouraging the global population to act now to raise vital funds to not only save lives but to restore, rebuild, and renew lives devastated by the crisis.
“This is one of the largest coordinated efforts to raise support to address the impact of the pandemic. Together, we can prevent this health crisis from having a lasting impact. We For India is a clarion call that we are all with India – side by side.”
Atul Satija, CEO of GiveIndia, said: “We all know that the pandemic and the suffering it has caused is far from over. We For India is a great, timely initiative to remind us of the need to continue to provide humanitarian aid and strengthen our health infrastructure. During the peak of the second wave we at GiveIndia saw that compassion is not exclusive to any one class or community. People from all walks of life chipped in to help – if not with money, with their time as volunteers. So when our heroes in the world of entertainment lead the giving, it is sure to inspire our collective altruism once again.”
Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India, said, “Millions of people have been impacted by the pandemic and our mission of building communities and bringing people together is even more relevant today than ever before. It is truly inspiring to see celebrities and artists from across the globe come together for this noble cause; and as part of our Social for Good initiative we are happy to partner with We for India to help provide relief to urban and rural communities impacted by Covid-19. Together, we will make a difference!”
About Reliance Entertainment
Reliance Entertainment is one of India’s largest film and entertainment companies. A pioneer in forging strategic alliances with the finest creative partners in domestic and international markets, the company is a leader in various segments of the Media and Entertainment industry including Films, Streaming, TV, Animation, Gaming, and Digital businesses. Reliance Entertainment has developed strong IPs, content creation capabilities as well as global marketing and distribution acumen to emerge as a highly respected and sought-after partner across its various businesses.
About The World We Want (WWW)
WWW is a purpose-driven global social impact enterprise, launched to unlock the collective strength of people, ideas, networks, and technologies to accelerate the pace of progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. WWW achieves this by providing high-level advisory and strategy, executing creative campaigns, launching global communications strategies, and creating sustainable impact through a variety of its own ventures to drive awareness, action, and advocacy for major global challenges. The World We Want was Founded by Natasha Mudhar, an SDGs campaigner and advocate who spearheaded the launch of the SDGs in India when they were announced in 2015, to popularise the goals to India’s 1.3bn population and beyond.
GiveIndia exists to alleviate poverty by enabling the world to give. Established in 2000, it is the largest and the most trusted giving platform in India. It enables individuals and organizations to raise and donate funds conveniently to any cause they care about, with offerings including crowdfunding, corporate giving, cause marketing, and philanthropy consulting. GiveIndia’s community of 2M+ donors and 250+ partners have supported 2,200+ verified nonprofits, serving 15M+ people across the country.
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook’s apps and technologies to connect with friends and family, find communities and grow businesses.