Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Suriya Donate Wages For Tamil Film Workers During Lockdown

Donations, both monetary and otherwise, bring the much-needed relief to those who have been struggling to cope up with the crisis.


March 28, 2020


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In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing number of deaths, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi had announced that the country will be placed in lockdown for the next 21 days as the government is taking steps to halt the spread of the virus. While the entire country is taking precautionary measures, even FEFSI (Film Employees Federation of South India) on March 16, 2020, announced that the film industry would be shut down till March 31, 2020. This decision by FEFSI has left many daily wage workers of the film industries in the lurch. Well, Covid-19 has created not just a health emergency but also a financial crisis.

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Since all shootings have been put on hold and the workers’ survival has gone for a toss, FEFSI president RK Selvamani had appealed to the film fraternity to extend financial help for the ones who are in need. And South (Tamil) actors have come forward to help, playing the good samaritans for their countrymen and helping them fight the crisis. Superstar Rajinikanth has donated Rs. 50 lakhs which amounts to 25 percent of the total amount needed. It comes as no surprise that Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly called Makkal Selvan, has also contributed a sum of Rs 10 lakh and so did actor Sivakarthikeyan.

Veteran actor Sivakumar and his sons Suriya and Karthi together have made a significant contribution of Rs 10 lakh for the relief fund. Prakash Raj has donated 150 bags of rice, each weighing 25 kilos. Even Parthipan and Mano Bala have provided 250 and 10 bags of rice weighing 25 kg each respectively.

Besides this, music director Anirudh Ravichander has donated a sum of Rs 2 lakhs while Aishwarya Rajesh has donated Rs 1 lakh to the relief fund. Well, the donations, both monetary and otherwise, are sure to bring much-needed relief to those who are struggling to cope up with the crisis.

For the uninitiated, FEFSI has more than 20 unions. It is an organisation comprising over 25,000 film technicians including lightmen, makeup artists, choreographers, dancers, stunt persons, junior artists, and others.

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