MUMBAI—Shah Rukh Khan recently helped boxing legend from Punjab, Kaur Singh (69), with a sum of Rs 5 lakh. Singh has been struggling to pay his medical bills. The actor was moved by a report that stated that the 1982 Asian Games Gold Medalist was finding it difficult to pay Rs 2 lakh for treating his cardiac condition.

The money was given through Shah Rukh’s Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Foundation. In a statement, Khan said, “Sportspersons bring pride to a country and it is our duty to look after them as a society. After reading about Kaur Singh, we as a sporting unit felt the need to stand by our fellow sportsman and I urge everyone else to do the same in their own way. We wish Kaur Singh a speedy recovery and a healthy life.” KKR wired the funds to Singh’s account in Khanal Khurd in Sangrur.

Khan said, “We, at Knight Riders, are extremely passionate about sports, which is not necessarily limited to cricket,” he added. Later the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) too chipped in with Rs 1 lakh to Singh.

Singh, who lives in a small house in Khanal Khurd, has been overwhelmed from the response. “After receiving such huge support from all over the country, I feel as if I am reliving the glory of the past. I thank everyone who came out and extended help,” he said. He has already received the Rs 2 lakh check that Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh promised him. Sangrur deputy commissioner visited Singh and handed him the check.

The boxer is suffering from a serious cardiac problem and spends Rs 8,000 per month on medicines. He was discharged from a private hospital in Mohali on Dec. 11. The former national champion is the only Indian to enter the ring against boxing legend Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry of India had been celebrating Armed Forces Week to pay tribute to the border-front heroes. Khan again lent his support to the soldiers of India and expressed his gratitude to the forces. Khan, along with his KKR team, had not only spoken about the sacrifices made by soldiers, but also of the contribution of the armed forces to the well-being of the country. The actor expressed his support by sharing a picture of his team and himself standing together paying their respect for the Armed Forces.

Acknowledging the actor’s support and as a token of appreciation, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sent a note to the actor. The note read, “We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for supporting the Armed Forces’ Flag Day awareness campaign and spreading the message to your widespread audience. Thank you, best of luck for the future.”

Khan took to his social media sharing the appreciation note. The actor tweeted, “Thank u Ma’m @nsitharaman for the opportunity. This is the least we can do for our Armed Forces. Will convey ur msg to the whole team. Jai Hind.”

Though not exactly a Manoj Kumar or even an Akshay Kumar, Khan has had his share of patriotic films like “Main Hoon Na” and “Chak De!India” and this real-life patriotism is a much-welcome series of gestures.

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