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For farmers, Hema Malinin takes Bollywood to Mathura

Cultural festival to be organised to raise funds for farmers who have lost crops in unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

Hema Malini, Hema Malini Mathura, Mathura MP Hema Malini, Mathura Mathura Mahotsav, farmers crop loss, BJP Hema Malini, Mathura BJP Hema Malini, india news, nation news The actor-turned-politician met the Prime Minister Wednesday to discuss the two-day festival. (Source: PTI photo/file)

Hema Malini has invited some 25 Bollywood actors including the Bachchan family for her Mathura Mahotsav, a cultural festival in her Lok Sabha constituency, to raise funds for farmers who have lost crops in unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

The actor-turned-politician met the Prime Minister Wednesday to discuss the two-day festival.

“It will be in Vrindavan, Mathura, on April 25 and 26. It was initially meant to be a tourism festival but since farmers are suffering after the crop losses, I have decided to collect funds to help them,” she told The Indian Express. “It will be entirely an entertainment programme. Star Plus has got the rights and it will be telecast across the world.”

The BJP MP said she has visited areas where farmers suffered losses on April 6, 7 and 8. “I have also brought them here to meet Arun Jaitley. They explained their plight in tears,” she said.

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Apart from Amitabh Bachchan and his family, she has invited Shraddha Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez. Hema Malini’s husband, Dharmendra, too is likely to attend the festival, which will be in the Vrindavan Chandrodaya temple. Hema, who is also a Bharatnatyam dancer, singer Udit Narayan and Shankar Mahadevan will perform.

First published on: 23-04-2015 at 03:13:53 am
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