Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan, and writer-lyricist Varun Grover have invited fans to bid for their film trophies to raise over Rs 13 lakhs for kits to test coronavirus patients.
While Kashyap has auctioned his Gangs of Wasseypur Filmfare trophy, fans can bid for Ghaywan’s three prizes, including a signed copy of the ‘Prix de l’Avenir’, he won at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for debut film, Masaan. Grover’s auction is his TOIFA award for the song “Moh Moh Ke” from Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra has auctioned his YouTube Button, which is a creator award that aims to recognise the most popular channels on the video sharing site.
“While each rupee counts I appreciate the hell out of Comrade @anuragkashyap72 who is giving away his 2013 gangs of Wasseypur critics award to the highest donor of this charity with my YouTube button Link – https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-burda-media-india I urge other artists to help in their own way!” Kamra tweeted.
Highest bidder gets the original trophy for the Filmfare critics award best film 2013 . “Gangs of Wasseypur”… https://t.co/BtXrUQAJ7C
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) May 20, 2020
Adding the TOIFA trophy I won for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (DLKH, 2015) for charity auction to raise funds for Covid test kits.
Putting it up on ebay in 2050 was my retirement fund plan but i believe now is a better time to use it to secure India’s future. https://t.co/t0Q6YJMCkg https://t.co/2xqDEakmKA pic.twitter.com/hu6Yig2G7p
— वरुण 🇮🇳 (@varungrover) May 20, 2020
I am offering my awards for a charity auction to raise funds for COVID test kits.
– TOIFA Best Debut Director (Masaan)
– Filmfare Best Film (Juice)
– Signed copy of the jury prize- ‘Prix de l’Avenir’ (Masaan) that I won at Cannes Film festival, 2015.
— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) May 21, 2020
Anurag Kashyap quoted his tweet and wrote, “Highest bidder gets the original trophy for the Filmfare critics award best film 2013 . “Gangs of Wasseypur”…”
The description under the fundraiser says the funds raised through the campaign will be transferred directly from Milaap Foundation to Mylab Discovery Solutions, which will help Burda Media India secure the COVID-19 testing kits that will be donated to hospitals and labs.
“The cost of each testing kit is 1.2Lacs + GST and each testing kit has the capacity to test 100 samples. We aim to donate ten testing kits, which will help 1000 people get tested for COVID-19, free of cost. In the next 30 days, we need Rs.13,44,000 for ten kits which will help one thousand people get tested,” the description further read.