Rahul Bose – Actor, Director, Activist
When I started The Foundation, I didn’t consciously calculate I would give over 50% of my income to the cause of raising and educating children from marginalised areas so that 17 years down the line they would shape the model of development they felt was best for the lands they came from. It was simply an urge to raise and hopefully equalise developmental indicators in those marginalised areas to reflect what we see in parts of the country that have progressed satisfactorily. It so transpired that, especially in the first 7-8 years I had to fund the program largely with my own resources. That has lessened over time but in totality my contribution has been and perhaps even exceeded half of what the program has needed. I am a single man and don’t have the financial obligations that nurturing a family entails. The kids (and by extension, their parents) are my family. And the model of The Foundation is to see a more equal and more crucially, a more equitable India. I can’t think of a better way to spend the money I earn as an actor and a director. It certainly gives me the sweetest sleep at night!
- Rahul Bose