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Tamil star Ajith donates Rs1.25 crore for coronavirus relief


Of the Rs1.25 crore donation, the actor has contributed Rs50 lakh each to the PM CARES Fund and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, while Rs25 lakh is for the Film Employees Federation of South India.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Tamil star Ajith Kumar has donated Rs1.25 crore towards coronavirus relief today. According to the actor’s publicist, Ajith donated Rs50 lakh each to the PM CARES Fund and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, while Rs25 lakh is for the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) to help film technicians and junior artistes.

Ajith’s donation of Rs1.25 crore is the highest towards the cause from the Tamil industry. Other Tamil actors who have donated include Rajinikanth with Rs50 lakh and Dhanush with Rs15 lakh, while Suriya, Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi have contributed Rs10 lakh each.

A couple of weeks ago, many Tamil actors came forward to donate after FEFSI president RK Selvamani released a statement requesting members of the fraternity to support the daily-wage workers of the union, who are currently jobless owing to the countrywide lockdown.

In the statement, Selvamani said: “As we are aware, the Tamil film world has been crippled by coronavirus that is currently threatening the entire world. In the 50 years since the inception of the union, the film industry has faced various strikes; protests were held against the producers demanding pay rises and demands from the government. But there was nothing of this scale. The ongoing lockdown is very different.”

The statement further said the union needs to raise a minimum of Rs1 crore to support its members by giving rice bags. FEFSI consist of 23 unions of different trades in the film and television industry and has around 25,000 members.

Actor-filmmaker R Parthiepan has provided 250 rice bags. Actor-filmmaker Manobala has also donated rice bags to FEFSI workers.

Over the past few weeks, the shooting of several Tamil films has had to be stopped following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The team of Vikram’s upcoming Tamil film, Cobra, had to cancel their schedule and return to India owing to the pandemic. The shooting of Simbu’s Maanaadu, scheduled to take place in Hyderabad, also had to be cancelled.

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