Throwback Thursday came in a day early – a social media campaign started by Twinkle Khanna has got everyone nostalgic. #WhyTheGap is a campaign working towards raising awareness about children’s health, well-being, education, and gender disparity. The actress-turned-writer took to social media to share a picture of herself from her school days. She nominated three other prominent names in Bollywood, including husband Akshay Kumar, to do the same to popularize to the campaign. In no time, a flurry of celebrity pictures from the celebrities’ school days. Celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, and Tahira Kashyap too shared their school pictures to raise their voice for the cause. Here are all the posts you would like to see!
1. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar was the first to follow in his wife Twinkle’s footsteps. The actor shared a childhood picture of his from his old school days, saying that he was always inclined towards sports. He narrated how his mother would ensure that they got nutritious home-cooked meals to fuel the same passion – a passion which every child of India deserves.
2. Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna started her post on a witty note, commenting on how similar her own hairstyle looked vis-a-vis her class teacher’s! She reiterated the importance of studying and said that it was the reason why she became an independent woman, sharing an alarming statistic about how two out of every five girls still don’t complete school.
3. Sonam K Ahuja
My school days were some of my happiest memories. I believe that education is the one path to true independence and freedom. We should all be asking #WhyTheGap and working towards #TheRightStart for every child.
I nominate @arjunk26 @ReallySwara and @dulQuer to join @stc_india https://t.co/0NSET9C3Wa pic.twitter.com/xxhKltIux6
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) August 21, 2019
Sonam Kapoor responded to Twinkle Khanna on Twitter – sharing a happy memory of herself from her school days. She said education is the only true path towards independence and freedom, and we should work on getting each child the same.
4. Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee Pannu spoke about the importance of sports in her life, and how she had the right support system to see through her zest for such activities, to ensure she got her moment of glory. She wants all kids in India to have the same support system!
5. Dia Mirza
Dia Mirza has championed for environment in her role as the UN Goodwill Ambassador, and the actress was quite vocal when it came to speaking about education as well. She shared a picture of herself from her childhood, saying that she had the privilege of living under a roof while a whopping 2 million children in India are still living on the streets.
6. Tahira Kashyap
Tahira Kashyap thanked Twinkle Khanna for nominating her in the challenge, and then she took to the platform to share an anecdote from her school days. She also shared the fact that her short film Toffee was also inspired by the same fact that one in every three women in India is married off before the age of 18.