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Coronavirus update: Salman Khan to donate directly to 25,000 cine workers as industry remains shut

The star will donate through his Being Human Foundation to help daily-wage workers in the film industry cope with the countrywide shutdown.

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With the film industry paralysed by the 21-day lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many daily-wage workers have found themselves struggling to get by without any income. Now, film star Salman Khan has decided to play the hero in real life and help these workers with a direct donation to their accounts.

The Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) actor has pledged to donate to 25,000 daily-wage workers of the FWICE (Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees) directly to cover their expenses during the pandemic lockdown.

FWICE president BN Tiwari was quoted by the Press Trust of India news agency as saying, "We have about five lakh workers of whom 25,000 are in dire need of financial help. The Being Human Foundation has said it will take care of these workers. They have asked for account details of these 25,000 workers as they want to ensure that the money reaches them directly."

Earlier in the week, Kesari (2019) star Akshay Kumar pledged to donate Rs25 crore to the PM CARES Fund, set up to help the homeless and daily-wage workers who have been rendered helpless by the lockdown.

The FWICE and the Producers' Guild have also joined hands to help with distribution of rations and basic necessities to film workers.

In addition, actor Rajkummar Rao has donated money to the Maharashtra chief minister's relief fund as well as to Zomato Feeding India to help daily-wage labourers and the homeless cope with the lean period.

On 24 March, the prime minister announced a 21-day countrywide lockdown with state borders sealed and no domestic or international travel allowed.

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