Bollywood superstar Salman Khan often regarded as ‘Bhai’ has gaged to support 25,000 daily-wage workers of the film industry amid the nationwide lockdown ‘Janta Curfew’ due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The donation is coming from Salman’s charity organisation Being Human and will be deployed towards the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE), a film industry worker’s union in Mumbai that encompasses around 500,000 members as of 2018.
B N Tiwari, president of FWICE in a conversation with PTI said,
“Salman’s Being Human Foundation has come forward to help daily wage workers. They called us three days ago. We have about 5 lakh workers out of which 25,000 are in dire need of financial help. Being Human Foundation said they will take care of these workers on their own. They have asked for account details of these 25,000 workers as they want to ensure that money reaches them directly,”PTI
Tiwari further added,
“The remaining 4,75,000 workers can survive for about a month. We already have huge ration packets for all the workers but unfortunately due to lockdown they are not able to come here to collect it. We are thinking of ways how to reach out to them,”PTI
Tiwari mentioned that FWICE has also reached several actors and filmmakers of the Bollywood to contribute towards the daily-wage earners of the film industry via letters and messages but didn’t receive any response from them, but the producer Mahaveer Jain has offered food and essential items.
A number of filmmakers and actors, including Karan Johar, Taapsee Pannu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet Singh, Sidharth Malhotra, and Nitesh Tiwari have joined another initiative called I Stand With Humanity jointly started by a number of organisations: International Association for Human Values, the Art of Living Foundation and the Indian Film and TV Industry.