Indian celebrities, especially from Bollywood, proved to be a sporty lot with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The viral activity that has caught the fancy of social media, involves pouring a bucket of ice water on a person’s head to promote awareness of ALS or (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). In this game, the nominated participant who is challenged by someone, has to be filmed, pouring a bucket of ice-water on his or her head. He or she has to then nominate another person(s) to do the same. The participant who is now challenged, has 24 hours to do so or else forfeit by way of donating money to a charitable financial institution.
The common rule is to donate $10 if they accept the challenge of pouring ice-water on their head or donate $100 if they cannot. But many participants, including celebrities agree to pour the ice-water on themselves and even donate generously. But why is this ice-water challenge called so? Since the ice-water freezes your nerves, giving your muscles a shock, it is to make you feel exactly what an ALS patient goes through.
Bollywood celebrities have responded with vigor for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Sania Mirza, thought not from Bollywood technically, was one of the first participants. She did it twice, for the first time, there was not much water in the bucket. So she did it again from her bathroom and then nominated Riteish Deshmukh, Mahesh Bhupati and Yuvraj Singh to do the same. Yuvraj and Riteish consented.
Riteish Deshmukh took up the Ice Bucket Challenge on the sets of his film ‘Bangistan’ and nominated his friends, Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Sidharth Malhotra, Pulkit Samrat and Ashish Choudhary for the same. All of them accepted the challenge and did it sportingly.
Akshay Kumar did the Ice Bucket Challenge a bit differently. The actor who is in Cape Town shooting for ‘Dare to Dance’ a thrilling dance reality show, decided to do the feat in acute cold temperature (8 degrees). He said, “ I asked one contestant to help but all 11 volunteered. We believe in helping each other. I am using sea-water because I do not want to waste usable water.” He nominated wife Twinkle Khanna, Salman Khan, Johnny Lever and Ashwini Yardi.
Akshay Kumar’s Ice Bucket challenge got the maximum views and was the most appreciated ‘Bollywood Ice Bucket Challenge’ act.
Sidarth Malhotra taking on the challenge spoke on camera to Riteish, “Thank you Riteish. I accept your ALS Ice Bucket challenge, from one villain to the other. I would like to challenge Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and my friend Mohit Suri for this.”
Abhishek Bachchan also took up the Ice Bucket Challenge, which was given to him by Riteish Deshmukh. The actor who took the challenge in the bathtub, did it sportingly, and nominated his father Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and the ‘Happy New Year’ team.
Ashish Chowdry also did the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated Diya Mirza for the same. The cherubic Diya took it on and nominated Hrithik Roshan, Ali Fazal and Atul Kasbekar for the challenge.
Bipasha Basu took on the Ice Bucket Challenge in her bathroom and nominated friends Rocky S and Raj Kundra for the same. Though the size of the bucket was small, she wrote on Twitter, “Do not judge the size of my bucket, guys. I had no voice and was feverish, yet did it.”
Raj Kundra was seen having a great time with the Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated friends Shruti, Deepika, Madhavan and Masaba.
Daler Mehendi was seen by impressively cool as he poured three small of ice-water on him. He said that he would pose the next Ice Bucket Challenge to Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra.
Poonam Pandey took on the Ice Bucket Challenge wearing skimpy clothes; she said that she was nominated by RJs Pakhi and Ashish from Red FM. She nominated the top three Khans – Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan to go ahead with the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Sonakshi Sinha’s Ice Bucket Challenge was liked and disliked in equal measure. The Dabangg girl smartly made a show of lifting a huge bucket of water, with nothing coming out of it. Then she came towards the camera and said, “”I am just saving a lot of water and now I am going to go donate the money because that is what you should also be doing.So stop wasting water for God sake, and go and donate.” People who didn’t agree with her act said that Sonakshi missed the whole idea of what ALS really means. The experience was to ‘feel’ what an ALS person goes through. And she could always use the sea-water or any other.
Sunny Leone took up the Ice Bucket Challenge on the basis of her fans urging her to do and her family members. She sportingly took the challenge, looking fab in a pair of top and shorts. Her husband and best friend Daniel Webber poured a bucket-full of ice-cold water on her. Sunny nominated her friend Honey Singh to take on the Ice Bucket challenge within 24 hours.