It is a real opportunity for people like Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt to come forward and take a lead in helping people in Uttarakhand. Such charities always make an impact.
I did see Sanjay Dutt’s concern when he mentioned that he would not like to spend money on holding his film’s premier abroad and instead organize a charity event in Mumbai and use the funds collected for flood victim.
If I would have been Sanjay, I would have asked the Court to put me on parole for 3-6 months to serve the Uttarakhand area to build it back to normal. It reminds me of the film Dushman where the protagonist played by Rajesh Khanna was asked to serve the village and the families, which had suffered because of him and help them come out of crisis. In that case, it was the court who took the decision of parole.
Sanjay Dutt who has money, public support and celebrity status can plead to the court for parole for a community cause.
Similarly, Salman Khan who is also facing criminal charges and is likely to end up in jail should show to the society that he has changed and he is now working for the welfare of the society.
What we saw in Sanjay Dutt’s case was that he could not muster full public support in his favor when he was awarded the sentence. His contribution to the society as it appeared was only via his roles in the movies Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai. In both cases, public perception was that he was an actor and acting was his job.