By Arré Bench Jun. 02, 2020
Shah Rukh Khan has pledged to help the toddler who tried to wake up his dead mother at Bihar’s Muzaffarpur railway station. The superstar said he knows what it feels like to lose a parent.
If the tragedy of the migrant crisis could be encapsulated in one video, it would be the heart-wrenching one where a baby is trying to wake its mother, who is lying lifeless on a railway platform in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. It was a clip that shook the conscience of a nation, perhaps even pushed the Supreme Court to finally take a strong stand on the ongoing migrant crisis.
You all saw the viral video in which a little toddler is trying to wake his mother at a railway platform, she had already died on the train. Her Name Was Arbina. This is the story of the family behind the heartbreak. Up on @themojo_in pic.twitter.com/EnKj6AXDTA
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 1, 2020
Now more than a week later, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has decided to provide for the child. When SRK’s team watched the video, it was brought to the actor’s notice who immediately tried to reach out to the family. His Meer Foundation helped locate the baby, who is with his grandparents. Shah Rukh Khan said as someone who understands how it feels to lose one’s parents, his support will always be with the child. “We all pray he finds strength to deal with the most unfortunate loss of a parent. I know how it feels… Our love and support is with you baby,” he wrote on Twitter.
Thank you all for getting us in touch with the little one. We all pray he finds strength to deal with the most unfortunate loss of a parent. I know how it feels…Our love and support is with you baby. https://t.co/2Z8aHXzRjb
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 1, 2020
The actor’s Meer Foundation thanked everyone for help and stated, “We are now supporting him and he is under his grandfather’s care.”
#MeerFoundation is thankful to all who helped us reach this child, whose heart wrenching video of trying to wake his mother disturbed all. We are now supporting him and he is under his grandfather’s care. pic.twitter.com/NUQnXgAKGT
— Meer Foundation (@MeerFoundation) June 1, 2020
With this act of kindness, King Khan won over many more hearts. Writer Shagufta Rafique thanked both Team SRK and Meer Foundation. “When men become real-life heroes and saviours, tab zindagi superhit hojati hai,” she said.
— ShaguftaRafique (@shufta20) June 1, 2020
“My heart oozes genuine love & respect for you & for @MeerFoundation Thank you for being an example of true humanity & compassion again & again,” said another user.
My heart oozes genuine love & respect for you & for @MeerFoundation Thank you for being an example of true humanity & compassion again & again. It touches me deeply. You know well, Shah. Sending comfort, good energy & healing hugs wherever are needed. More love & light to all.❤ pic.twitter.com/lpyIQAZiS9
— Chelo (@Te_amo_ShahRukh) June 1, 2020
The Bollywood star, through his foundation and other ventures – Red Chillies Entertainment, Kolkata Knight Riders – has been helping daily wage workers and even frontline warriors as India battles the pandemic. He provided 25,000 PPE kits to the medical workers in Maharashtra. Through Kolkata Knight Rides and Meer foundation, he announced a series of initiatives in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, including a contribution to the West Bengal CM’s Relief Fund, distribution of ration, essential supplies and help in rebuilding homes. In Mumbai, the actor and his wife Gauri offered their four-storey office to be turned into a quarantine centre.
SRK has proved once again that he is a hero both on and off screen.