Ahmedabad: Indian Army soldiers and their families were felicitated for their bravery and sacrifice at an event organized by the Atharva Foundation in Mumbai on Wednesday night, with film personalities such as Hema Malini, Aftab Shivdasani and Madhur Bhandarkar, former India cricket captain Kapil Dev and others narrating their stories.

The guests of honour at the event, titles ‘One for all, all for one’, were Param Vir Chakra awardees captain Bana Singh, subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav and naib subedar Sanjay Kumar and lieutenant general Vishwambhar Singh, the general officer commanding the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa area, while the chief guests were Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

“I felt really happy to be part of this great initiative because here we felicitated and conversations with our real heroes. I think the people involved in this initiative are really passionate people. I think it’s like a mission and we have to carry forward this mission,” said Kapil Dev.

At the event, envisaged by Atharva Foundation chairman Sunil Rane, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandant Chetan Kumar Cheetah and captain Varun Singh and the families of martyrs colonel Santosh Mahadik, subedar Surinder Singh, havildar Durna Kant Doley, lieutenant Navdeep Singh, major Satish Dahiya, naib subedar Chuni Lal, havildar Hangapan Dada, lance naik Mohan Nath Goswami and major Mukund Vardarajan were were felicitated and given Rs2 lakh each, while Fadnavis announced a reward of Rs25 lakh for each family.

The others who narrated the stories at the event were actors Amisha Patel, Rohini Hattangadi, Vikram Gokhale and Neil Nitin Mukesh and JSW Foundation chairperson Sangita Jindal.

“Today is a very important day because we are felicitating our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to protect us and our country. I feel fortunate to be part of this initiative… I think we don’t need to join our army to show our patriotism. We can express our patriotism by doing small things like keeping our surroundings clean and helping each other in crisis,” said Hattangadi.