The Indian version of Ice Bucket Challenge called the Rice Bucket Challenge is catching up among the celebrities of India. Supporting it, Director Mahesh Bhatt took up the Rice Bucket Challenge and was seeing distributing biryani packets to the poor outside Taj Falaknuma Palace.
Girish Sehgal, general manager, Taj Falaknuma, said “The rice bucket challenge is creating awareness about the need to help alleviate hunger by donating a bucket of rice.”
Following the footsteps, Taj Falaknuma in association with Sapna Iktara Foundation, gave away 500 packets of ‘biryani’ among the underprivileged near the Cancer Hospital at KBR Park.
Mahesh Bhatt then nominated good friend Karan Johar: “We challenge the film industry’s young and talented filmmaker Karan Johar… We have lit a lamp here. You light a lamp there. That is only way we can end the darkness from the country and the world.”
Karan hesitatingly took the challenge and then took to Twitter to share the cause with his fans:
“#ricebucketchallenge accepted @MaheshNBhatt..From dharma on its way to good karma.I nominate our CEO @apoorvamehta18”.
Much before Mahesh and Karan, one of the first celeb to take up the Rice Bucket Challenge was singer Suchitra Krishnamurthy. She donated a bucket of rice to the poor and uploaded the pic. She even asked her fans to support the cause. Suchitra then nominated her filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and Ken Ghosh for the challenge.
The Rice Bucket Challenge was first started by a Hyderabadi journalist called Manju Latha Kalanidhi, who urged people to either cook or buy a packet of rice and distribute it to the poor. It involves donating a bucket of rice to the needy and clicking a picture and posting it online to raise awareness.
Rice Bucket Challenge is better than Ice Bucket Challenge. What say readers?