BOL­LY­WOOD PLAYS GOOD SA­MAR­I­TAN

More and more ac­tors are do­ing their bit for drought-hit farm­ers in Ma­ha­rash­tra

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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