Bollywood legend Big B unwraps for Oxfam this Diwali
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has donated a fabulous selection of clothes from his personal wardrobe to Oxfam to celebrate Diwali which will be sold in an online auction on December 1st. Amitabh is now calling on the rest of Britain’s Hindus, Jains and Sikhs to follow his lead.
The Bollywood legend was inspired to donate around 50 items of clothing, including embroidered shirts, suits and jackets to Oxfam after visiting an Oxfam shop in London earlier this year. Oxfam is hoping to raise money from the sale of his items in order to fund the work that the organisation does worldwide, which so inspired Amitabh to make the donation in the first place.
Mr Bachan was moved by Oxfam’s innovative ways of tackling poverty and said: “I urge everyone to come forward and contribute very generously to this noble cause.”
Diwali is traditionally a time for thinking of those in need – and of getting rid of old clothes and buying new ones and Oxfam is hoping that Mr Bachchan’s donation will inspire many Hidu, Jains and Sikhs to donate their clothes to their local Oxfam shops and buy fun Diwali gifts from it’s Unwrapped catalogue.
Oxfam Unwrapped offers gifts that have been identified by the people that Oxfam works with around the world. They have told Oxfam what gifts they need to make the biggest difference in working themselves out of poverty. Gifts include items such as fertiliser (£38), seeds (from £10), goats (£25), toilets (£50). More than 1.2 million gifts have been bought since Oxfam Unwrapped launched in 2004, supporting people in 49 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Of Amitabh’s donation, Pushpanath Krishnamurthy from Oxfam said:
“It is a huge honour for Oxfam to have been given these donations by Amitabh Bachchan, and this generosity underlines why he has maintained such enormous popularity for more than 30 years. By donating his clothes Big B is helping Oxfam to make a huge difference in tacking poverty, suffering and injustice around the world. We can all do the same at Diwali, and by buying Diwali gifts from Oxfam Unwrapped too, we can bring the light of hope to even more people.”
Amitabh, who built his reputation in films like Deewaar and Sholay, has so made over 160 films. In a glittering career which began 37 years ago, he has won numerous accolades, including the Best Actor Award for his movie Black in 2006. He was named as the Greatest Star of the Millenium in a BBC poll in 1999 and year later became the first living Asian to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussaud’s.
The clothes will be exhibited in Oxfam shops so the public has a chance to see first hand the items the Bollywood legend has donated. They will then be sold in an online auction in the build up to an online auction at the beginning of next month.