“Mrs. Funnybones” Twinkle Khanna had the kids of Angel Xpress Foundation’s Juhu centre ‘literally’ eating out of her hands as she narrated stories to a rapt audience on Valentine’s morning.
But beyond the stories and the eagerly awaited ice-creams, there was an even bigger surprise waiting for them
Only weeks ago the author and lovely wife of Akshay Kumar was invited as chief guest to the annual celebration of this Mumbai-based NGO which is now attending to the learning needs of more than a thousand children in this city.
“While we keep talking about so much that is wrong with the world, there is also so much goodness and I can see it right here and I would like to be a small part of it” she said to the audience after being overwhelmed by the performances and the sheer joy these children radiated that evening.
Well, she sure knew how to keep her promise and do it one better than that!
It was the morning of Valentine’s day the huge bunch of municipal schools kids who usually go there for additional classes, were excited because they were having “Twinkle Didi” over. But the kids could not believe their eyes when they saw who entered soon after the story-telling session, and served ice-creams alongside Twinkle Didi – their absolute hero, Akshay Kumar!!
“Meri wife ne aapko jo sikhaaya woh samajh mein aaya? Kyunki 15 saal mein aaj tak main kuch nahi samjhaa!!” he joked. The charming “Jolly LLB” served, chatted with the children and happily posed for pictures, though he was in the city just for a day, in the middle of an outdoor schedule to celebrate February 14 with his wife.
Founder Anubha Sharma herself had no idea he was going to turn up, and her Ear-to-ear grin hasn’t left her face ever since. “They are a lovely couple. Completely grounded and with zero airs. One could see that they were there just for the kids and bent on having fun with them. He asked me details about the centre with a lot of interest. When he saw a gym next door, he immediately wanted to know if the kids could use it?”
Someone from the Angel Xpress team asked the kids how many of them wanted to become actors. All hands went up and so did Akshay’s. “Bhaiyaa, aap toh already actor ho na?” a child remarked. “Nahi, main hero hoon… mujhey bhi actor ban na hai!”. Now, who wouldn’t fall in love with this modesty?
While everyone’s favourite quizzes revolve only around the 3 KHANS in the industry, this KUMAR and his missus are stealing hearts wherever they go!!
About Angel Xpress:
Angel Xpress is a 12A &80G certified NGO supported by L&T, Voltas, Millennium Alliance among others. the NGO creates opportunities for the socially conscious to give back meaningfully. By 2016, 1000+ school going kids from slums get between 250 – 300 hours of lessons in English, Math peppered with generous doses of value lessons with help of 300 volunteers at free learning centers set up in 10 locations, mostly shaded parks by #AXF across the city.