Saifai performance row: Salman, Madhuri find support in Shah Rukh Khan

By Gayatri Sankar | Updated: Jan 10, 2014, 11:42 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Salman Khan was quick enough in expressing his take on his performance at the controversial Saifai Mahotsav, organised by Samajwadi Party chief and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The actor took to his official Facebook page to write, “Whenever I visit a place for a performance or a promotion, I see it as an opportunity to help the locals in the areas of healthcare or education. In Nagpur, on Sunday, Being Human pledged to fund 100 paediatric cardiac cases in Maharashtra State.

"And in Etawah, Being Human, on behalf of all artists who performed yesterday, has committed to fund 200 paediatric heart surgeries in UP (there is already a wait list of 81 children we have received who are being moved to Fortis Hospital Gurgaon and their surgeries will get done by month end and Being Human is in touch with local NGOs and hospitals for their lists also).

"We have also contributed Rs 25 lakh to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital for the purchase of an Echo Machine, Pediatric & neo natal ventilator and a portable X-ray machine for their paediatric cardiac ICU (sic).”

The superstar found uncanny support from his contemporary and once arch-rival Shah Rukh Khan who believes that it is wrong to pick on film actors.

Addressing the press during an event, SRK said, "I will not take a moral high ground and comment on the reasons of my colleagues working or taking on a job. I can't take a moral high ground, I`m a performer myself."

Actress Madhuri Dixit, who too drew public ire for performing at the event, took to Twitter to write, “As artists and celebrities, we believe in using our reach to help others through drawing attention to the needs of the day. For UP, on behalf of the artists who performed at Safai, Being Human is donating Rs. 25 lakhs to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. (sic).”

The Uttar Pradesh govt, with Akhilesh Yadav as its Chief Minister, is under severe criticism for splurging on the event even as a number of communal riot affected victims in Muzaffarnagar were battling odds to sustain.