GES­TURES LIKE TH­ESE ARE NOT ENOUGH: OM PURI

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Even as ac­tors take up the cause of farm­ers, vet­eran ac­tor Om Puri, who is cur­rently shoot­ing a film based on farmer sui­cides, be­lieves that help­ing farm­ers fi­nan­cially is not enough. “Itne chotey chotey ef­forts se kya hoga? This prob­lem is a far big­ger one. It can­not be tack­led by just help­ing farm­ers with money. Maine ` 50,000 de diye, kisi aur ne jaake 1 lakh de diya. This alone will not solve the is­sue,” says Puri. How­ever, the 64-year-old does not dis­miss his col­leagues’ ef­forts. “It is a noble ges­ture and I’m pleased that peo­ple from the industry are help­ing the farm­ers,” he says. Puri stresses that giv­ing money is a small ges­ture when you com­pare it with the mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem. “The rate at which farm­ers are com­mit­ting sui­cides is as­tound­ing. It has been hap­pen­ing for a long time. Peo­ple liv­ing in the met­ros don’t value the amount of hard work that a farmer puts in. Ev­ery­one turns a deaf ear to­wards them. Only the ad­min­is­tra­tion can make a dif­fer­ence,” he says.

PHOTO: VI­JAYANAND GUPTA/HT

(Clock­wise from top left) Nana Patekar, Man­ish Paul, Ak­shay Ku­mar and Om Puri

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