Ker­ala stars put on grand show to raise re­lief funds

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Ash­wani Ku­mar On­nannu Nam­mal On­nannu Nam­mal Kon­do­ram Odiyan. ash­[email protected]­j­times.com

abu dhabi — THE wHo’s wHo oF tHE MAlAyAlAm film In­Dus­try prE­sEntED sIx Hours oF non-stop En­tEr­tAIn­mEnt In ABu DHABI to rAIsE FunDs For rE­BuIlD­InG tHE flooDrAvAGED In­DIAn stAtE oF KEr­AlA.

SomE 65 mEmBErs oF As­so­CI­A­tIon oF MAlAyAlAm MovIE ArtIstEs (AmmA) on FrI­DAy pEr­FormED In Front oF A BIG CrowD At ArmED ForCEs Of­fi­CErs CluB AnD Ho­tEl.

THE sHow,

(WE ArE to­GEtHEr), wAs kICkED off By AC­tors Mo­HAn­lAl AnD MAm­mootty, wHo DE­sCrIBED How tHE tIny stAtE stooD unItED Dur­InG tHE AF­tEr­mAtH oF tHE CAlAmIty.

“In tHE AF­tEr­mAtH oF tHE DEv­As­tAt­InG flooDs, KEr­AlItEs turnED EACH stum­BlInG BloCk Into A stEp­pInG stonE,” AmmA prEs­I­DEnt Mo­HAn­lAl sAID. “WE sHoulD All stAy unItED AnD Con­tInuE tHIs lEvEl oF sup­port.”

MAm­mootty sAID: “THE flooD — Sup­plied photo

Amount the show’s or­gan­is­ers hoped to raise through the char­ity event

Ker­alites turned each stum­bling block into a step­ping stone. We should all stay united and con­tinue this level of sup­port.” Mo­han­lal, pres­i­dent, Amma

HAD sEEn mAny oF our younG AC­tors stEp up to of­fEr HElp to tHE nEEDy.” THE sHow BrouGHt to­GEtHEr lot oF younG­stErs, too, lIkE MIA GE­orGE, Anu SItHArA, VInEEtH SrEEnIvAsAn, AsIF AlI, DulquEr SAlmAAn AnD NIvIn PAuly.

Satires and com­edy

Most pEr­For­mAnCEs tHrouGH­out tHE nIGHt strEssED on tHE Im­por­tAnCE oF prE­sErv­InG tHE En­vI­ron­mEnt. THE ACts HIGH­lIGHtED El­E­mEnts oF EArtH, wA­tEr, firE, AIr AnD sky, sEnD­InG out A ClEAr mEssAGE — sAvE nA­turE AnD sAvE tHE Fu­turE.

SkIts wErE Also FIllED wItH sAtIrEs, quIrky Com­EDy AnD tonGuE-In-CHEEk mEs­sAGEs. OF All tHE pEr­For­mAnCEs, It wAs tHE onE tHAt FEA­turED BotH Mo­HAn­lAl AnD MAm­mootty tHAt stolE tHE sHow. AC­trEss MAnJu WAr­rIEr AnD Mo­HAn­lAl Also sAnG

From tHE HIGHly An­tIC­I­pAtED movIE

THE sIx-Hour spEC­tA­ClE En­surED tHAt pEo­plE Got tHEIr monEy’s wortH. AmmA AnD StAr In­DIA PrI­vAtE LIm­ItED wIll Do­nAtE All pro­CEEDs to tHE KEr­AlA CHIEF MInIstEr’s DIs­trEss RE­lIEF FunD. THE or­GAn­Is­Ers sAID tHEy HopED to rAIsE Rs50 mIl­lIon tHrouGH tHE sHow.

Mam­mootty and Mo­han­lal were among the 65 Amma members who per­formed skits that fo­cused on sav­ing the earth, in Abu Dhabi on Fri­day.

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