It is rare to see humanity reign in this day and age, however, two honouraries of the 63rd National Awards, director Neeraj Ghaywan and lyricist Varun Grover, have declared that they will both donate the prize money received to aid distressed farmers in Maharashtra. Farmers suffer particular difficulties here as it is an area which has been reported to be ridden by droughts which has even resulted in farmers taking their own lives as a way of escaping the problem.
Where Ghaywan deserved all accolades, receiving his National Film Award for his first ever directorial ‘Masaan’ (2015), Grover was equally worthy, being honoured for giving the best lyrics in the song��Moh Moh Ke Dhaage��from ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha'(2015).
“Thank you all for the wishes for the National Award. Me and Varun Grover have decided to donate our National Award prize money towards relief work for distressed farmers in Maharashtra,” Ghawyan shared on his official Facebook page.��
Ghaywan hopes that by donating and informing the public, it will raise awareness on the issue and encourage others to contribute to the cause. “Out of the 1.25 Lakh prize money, I will donate 50,000. Together, me and Varun will donate one lakh rupees.��Yes, of course, it�۪s a small amount and no contribution is enough, but my intent to make it public is to draw attention to the water and agrarian crisis in Maharashtra,� he added.
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