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Mimi Chakraborty takes up the financial responsibility of viral 'Cha Kaku' Mridul Deb


A video of the manual labourer's nonchalant expression of his desire to have tea went viral and inspired many memes.

Roushni Sarkar

Actress and Trinamool Congress member of Parliament Mimi Chakraborty has not only ensured that the essentials needs of manual labourer Mridul Deb are met, but she has also announced that she would take care of his financial well-being for the rest of his life. Deb became popular after a video of him shot on the day of the 'janta curfew' went viral.

On the day of the 'curfew' called by prime minister Narendra Modi on 22 March, a few people from a Kolkata locality, including Deb, went out to have tea. The nonchalant manner in which he expressed his desire to have tea, “Cha khabo na amra? Amra ki khabo na cha [Can't we have tea? Why can't we have tea]?” became meme material for netizens.

However, it was soon discovered that Deb was a simple labourer who was forced to work during the lockdown for his daily wages. Netizens now started making appeals for financial help for him. A few people also shared their appeal on Chakraborty’s page and she went ahead and located his address.

“I got to know that Deb is facing a grave financial situation. My team immediately went to his home with essentials. Even when the lockdown ends, he will get receive my assistance in moments of need; his responsibility is mine,” Chakraborty said while speaking to the digital portal of Ananda Bazar Patrika, a Bengali daily. She also promised to take care of Deb’s son’s education.

After delivering the essentials, Chakraborty spoke to Deb on a video-conference call and requested him to stay at home.

While the actress is staying at home on account of the lockdown, her office is open round the clock and her team is distributing food to 500 people every day.

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