The second wave of coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Indian film industry, especially for daily wager workers employed as a part of shoot crew, after all major shoots went on hold. A lot of Bollywood celebrities like Aditya Chopra, Akshay Kumar and Sonu Sood have stepped up as good samaritans.
Recently, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna had donated 100 oxygen concentrators. Now we learn that the actor has once again stepped forward to help the famous dance choreographer Ganesh Acharya on his birthday, with monthly ration expenses for 3600 dancers whose details have been registered with his foundation.
Talking about this, Ganesh told Bombay Times, “Akshay has really been kind. It was my 50th birthday yesterday. He asked me what present I would like for the occasion and I asked him if he could help 1600 junior choreographers and aged dancers and about 2000 background dancers with a month’s ration. He readily agreed. My wife is deeply involved in this activity through Ganesh Acharya Foundation. She personally oversees the packing and distribution, which is done area-wise and keeping all the health and safety protocols in mind. The dancers and choreographers whose details are registered with us get either the money to afford the basics or a kit that contains the basic essentials to feed a small family unit for a month – the decision is theirs. We have had a system in place for a year now and our logistics are very neatly planned to ensure no one puts themselves in any trouble.”
According to one of the dancers, they had a choice between accepting money in their registered bank accounts or taking a monthly ration kit comprising basic essentials to feed a family of four.
The cine bodies in Maharashtra have approached Chief Minister to permit them to start shoots in the state from 15th June onwards. Talking about this, he says, “We have continuously rehearsed for our songs, without breaking any protocols of the authorities. The dance troupes are ready to rock the floor. Sab tayari hai hum logon ki, shooting chaalu to ho. We have a song each for Ram Setu, Cirkus and Brahmastra alongside a couple of other films. Once the shootings commence, my teams will be ready in no time.”