While Jade Goody lives it up in a five-star hotel during her trip to India, Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has been touring Indian slums to meet the country’s poor.
Johansson, 22, missed the Oscars in order to take the 10-day visit to the sub-continent with charity Oxfam. She visited an Oxfam-funded school in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, set up to educate children from the "untouchable" Dalit caste.
And she told how meeting one little girl had a profound effect on her.
"I met a young girl, Gudiya, at a school for Dalit children, a community considered to be the lowest class," the actress said. "She was an amazing, bright young girl, full of ambition and attending the fifth grade. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said ‘a government official’.
"Every morning she rises at 3am to study and then complete the household chores before walking for half an hour to school.
"I asked her how she felt she would be able to raise her family and also hold a government position. She responded confidently, ‘I can manage’.
"Her self-pride and drive to succeed was an obvious outcome from her schooling."
Ms Johansson also travelled to Sri Lanka where the charity is helping to rebuild communities following the 2004 tsunami.
Oxfam executive director Jeremy Hobbs praised the actress. He said: "By supporting Oxfam, Scarlett is taking a stand alongside millions of people globally, who are working to overcome poverty.
"Her support is crucial in helping to show how the smallest donation to Oxfam can mean the world of difference to a poor community."
Jade Goody attempted to win over the Indian public today by donating #25,000 to a children’s charity.
The shamed reality star, who caused an international furore with her treatment of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother, insists she is on a private visit to the country.
But she called a press conference at her five-star hotel, Le Meridien in New Delhi, to announce her cash gift.
"I am not giving the money to improve my image. It is to improve the lives of the underprivileged children," she told reporters.
Goody, 25, earlier spent nearly 90 minutes at the Anubhav charity in New Delhi, which cares for children who have run away from home.
"Seeing the pain of these children put everything into perspective and made me think that the problem I might have at home is nothing in comparison to what these children are going through. It has been an amazing day," she said.
Goody’s career has nose-dived after Celebrity Big Brother viewers branded her a racist bully.
The children’s charity was the latest stop on her four-day visit to India. She is staying in a #190-a-night club room at the hotel, one of the finest in the city.
It is equipped with swimming pool, spa and Jacuzzi, while rooms overlook the presidential estate, India Gate and the Indian parliament.
When Goody arrived in India yesterday she attempted to endear herself to the nation by announcing: "I like the food here. Everyone knows I love an Indian."