BOLLYWOOD PLAYS GOOD SAMARITAN
More and more actors are doing their bit for drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra
Shaken up by the ever increasing rate of farmer suicides in the state of Maharashtra, Bollywood actors have pledged to do their bit for the cause. Actors Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Nana Patekar and Manish Paul are some of the names from the film industry who have vowed to help the farmers suffering from drought-like conditions in the state.
Nana Patekar was the first one from Bollywood to lend a helping hand to the farmers. The 64-year-old helped 113 farmer families by paying off their debts (`15,000 for each family). “Farmers will not see good days unless their produce gets a guaranteed price. Even a notebook, a pen or a soap has its price printed on it, but the milk that farmers sell does not have any price. The drought is a serious issue. It cannot be tackled by one party alone. Many people have helped the farmers in their own ways. We are merely postmen,” the actor was quoted as saying in an earlier interview.
Akshay Kumar also holds the cause dear to his heart. The actor donated ` 50 lakh to the water conservation scheme, Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan, an initiative by the chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. The scheme aims at making villages drought-proof. “It is a matter of serious concern and I really hope that more and more people get involved in this cause,” said Akshay.
Actor Deepika Padukone, too, asked her team to do a survey about the mental trauma faced by farmers. Once the survey is done, Deepika intends to chalk out a plan to help farmers.
Manish Paul has also been doing his bit. The actor has reportedly collected ` 2.5 lakh as contributions for the farmers. “Manish plans to do a lot more,” a source close to the actor was quoted as saying.