Staying confined at home for such a long time can be difficult. But imagine being thousands of km away from home during these testing times. With no roof over their head and a lack of income, several migrants workers are facing hardships while staying in different cities.
In a bid to help migrant workers stuck in Maharashtra, actor Sonu Sood made travel arrangements for them amid the nationwide lockdown. He arranged 10 buses for the hundreds of migrants stuck in the city due to the pandemic, reports Times of India. The actor not only sponsored the travel but also provided meal kits for the workers.
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Sonu Sood becomes the first B-town celeb to organise multiple transport buses for hundreds of migrants stuck in Mumbai amid nationwide lockdown! All set to make a shift in the lives of hundreds of migrants in Mumbai, is actor Sonu Sood who has officially become the first Bollywood celebrity to organise transport services and send these helpless, underprivileged migrants home. Sonu has organised multiple bus services which would help them head home and unite with their families in this difficult hour of coronavirus. #sonusood #migrantworkers #indiafightscorona 👍🇮🇳🙏
Firstly, the actor got all the permission required from the Karnataka and Maharashtra governments. He then made travel and food arrangements to accommodate all the migrants. A total of ten buses left from Thane for a small town called Gulbarga in Karnataka, reports Hindustan Times.
Actor @SonuSood sent 350 #migrants home, from Maharashtra to Karnataka with permissions from both the govts.
Great job Sonu. More power to you. God bless! #IndiaFightsCOVID19 pic.twitter.com/U1iOe4Gzhs
— Rohit Khilnani (@rohitkhilnani) May 11, 2020
The actor said that during the current global crisis, “every Indian deserves to be with their families and dear ones.” He also thanked the government officials for all their help in sending the migrants back home.
WATCH | "Seeing families walk endlessly back to their homes gave me sleepless nights": Actor Sonu Sood to NDTV's @rohitkhilnani on his initiative to send 350 migrants back home.#CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/gyE1P8zDCb
— NDTV Videos (@ndtvvideos) May 11, 2020
“It was really moving for me to watch these migrants walking on roads including the little kids and old parents. I shall continue doing the same for other states as well to the best of my abilities,” Sonu said. The actor also said that he will try to help migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, and Jharkhand to get to their native places as well.
Several people applauded the actor’s kind gesture amid the pandemic:
— Laughing Colours (@LaughingColours) May 12, 2020
Such a kind gesture by @SonuSood
as he hired multiple buses with govt. permissions from different state governments to send migrants stuck in Mumbai to their hometowns amid lockdown.
— Manthan Thakkar (@ManthanVThakkar) May 12, 2020
Sir i wish I could meet you I just want to salute you I was a fan of you frm beginning as you set ur position in industry aftr lot of hard work now I find u r real super hero who comes & understand problems of society 🙌❤️ #respect #superhero #SonuSood #inspiration 🙏
— Yashika (@nishi_11ya) May 12, 2020
— अतुल राव 🇮🇳 (@atulrao07) May 11, 2020
@SonuSood my favourite Villain of Bollywood
My be a villain in reel life but a true hero in real life hats off to him to arranged busses to send 350 migrant workers to there home in Karnataka with permission from both the governments hats off to him.#SonuSood 🙏🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/wU6ro1M3Bu
— 𝓖𝓪𝓻𝓲𝓶𝓪 𝓣𝓱𝓪𝓴𝓾𝓻 (@GarimaT52092830) May 12, 2020
Earlier, Sonu had offered his hotel in Mumbai as a residential facility to healthcare workers and provided PPE kits for doctors as well. Despite playing the role of a villain in several movies, the actor surely is a hero in real life!