Amitabh Bachchan donates £1300 to widow

Amitabh Bachhan has given 100,000 (£1,300) rupees to a widow who appeared on his TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Aparna Malikar, a 27-year-old widow from Vara-Kawatha village in the Yavatmal district, will feature in a special episode of the reality game show hosted by Bachchan, in which she won Rs. 640,000 (£8,500). Moved by her story and her desire to educate her children, Bachchan made a personal donation.

According to NDTV, the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief said: "It was a pleasant surprise to receive a demand draft and a signed letter from Bachchan by a special courier from Mumbai.

"In the letter addressed to Aparna, Bachchan wrote: "Aparnaji, despite all the hardships, you have displayed great courage, this is really commendable. I welcome your views on the education for your children. Here is a small gift from me. Please accept it."

Tiwari said that VJAS has thanked the actor for his gracious gesture to the widow. He urged civil society members to come to the aid of more than 12,000 farm widows who are facing starvation.

In a special dispatch from Mumbai, IANS had highlighted the plight of Aparna, a school dropout, a widow at 25 and mother of two girls.

In the Kaun Banega Crorepati episode, she said her first step would be to clear off her late husband's farm debt of Rs. 60,000 (£800) and spend the remaining amount on her daughters' education.

Bachchan returned as host on the fifth season of the show.

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