The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we all can lend a hand when in need. Be it helping out our neighbours, or volunteering to do the groundwork, we have put ourselves out there so that many can survive. Contributions to various COVID relief funds from all over the world has also helped people, businesses, and economies survive. And that is why the motto – We are in this Together – matters now more than ever. In light of this, many actors from the Mollywood industry had done their bit by raising funds or contributing to various COVID relief funds.
Here’s a list of actors from M-town who have helped out during this crisis. They all hope that this would inspire others to come forward and make a difference.
The Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) had announced a pandemic relief scheme (Covid Santhwanam project) to help out 19 trade bodies associated with the federation. The scheme aims to help out industry workers who were affected by the virus and hospitalised. Sibi Malayil, the President of FEFKA had pointed out that more than 50% of the 10,000 members in each trade body are daily wage workers. They were the worst-hit individuals throughout the pandemic.
Prithviraj Sukumaran had come forward and contributed a sum of INR 3,000,00 to help the workers in the film industry.
Sri Anoop Menon
Anoop Menon also donated one lakh rupees to the Covid Santhwanam project of FEFKA.
In 2020, when the pandemic first struck, the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) had come up with various programmes to help cine workers. Back then, Mamta Mohandas had come forward to help out cine employees financially via FEFKA.
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In collaboration with the Chennai Task Force and the Kindness Project, actor Dulquer Salmaan had hosted a virtual meet with three fans. People who attended the 10-minute virtual session had to contribute. All of the proceeds went to raising COVID-19 relief funds to help Chennai fight the pandemic.
In 2020, Megastar Mohanlal had contributed Rs 50 lakh to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. In fact, he was one of the first actors to publicly announce his financial contributions to COVID-19 relief funds.
Ani I.V. Sasi
Son of Director I.V. Sasi, Ani isn’t a Mollywood actor. But his effort to raise COVID relief funds through his Tamil short film Maya is commendable. Many Tollywood and Mollywood actors had promoted this short-film on social media.
Fact: Ani is the co-writer of the upcoming movie, Marakkar, starring Mohanlal.
Kannada star Upendra took to social media to raise funds for film industry workers. Manya Naidu, who has worked in many movies in the South Indian movie industry, donated INR 1 lakh to Upendra’s fundraiser.
In an interview with ET, she shared, “Daily wagers are the ones who are most affected. They solely depend on their wages for their day-to-day needs. So when I came across Upendra garu taking the initiative to help the people around him, I reached out to him. I had earlier donated to a few organizations, even to the fundraiser that the firm I am working for, but I wanted to do something directly, that would reach in right hands immediately,”