Bollywood celebrities have been pitching in to help migrant workers return home. After Sonu Sood’s much-reported effort to help workers go back to their respective hometowns, actor Amitabh Bachchan has reportedly arranged three flights so that about 1,000 workers could go home to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The actor had earlier sent back workers to various places in Uttar Pradesh via road.
Bollywood’s only superstar has arranged for special flights to take over 1,000 migrant workers to their villages in Uttar Pradesh. Six flights with 180 workers each will leave for Gorakhpur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on 10 and 11 June.
Managing Director of the now-virtually defunct Amitabh Bachchan Corp Ltd Rajesh Yadav said, “Bachchan saheb asked me to arrange chartered flights for the migrants as he did not want them to lose hope after being told they would be sent home.”
Yadav said the “plight” of the migrant workers moved Bachchan who decided to help them. The superstar chartered the Indigo Airlines’ Varanasi-bound flight that is scheduled to depart this morning. “The airport authority asked the 180 migrants scheduled to travel on the morning flight to report to the airport at 6 AM. The initial plan was to send them home by train, but the logistics didn’t work out,” Yadav said.
A close aide of the actor supervised the entire arrangement. Bachchan is arranging for a few more flights to ensure migrants reach their hometowns in West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and a few other states.
Meanwhile, Katrina Kaif has lent her support to the daily wage earning families in Bhandara district in Maharashtra, through her make-up brand, Kay Beauty. Katrina wrote, announcing her support on Instagram, “Kay Beauty and the Dehaat foundation are partnering again for #KareWithKayBeauty. Together, we have lent our support to the daily-wage earning families living in the villages around the Bhandara district in Maharashtra, with food and basic sanitary materials. In times of need, every bit of help counts and If you wish to join this initiative & contribute head over to the link in my bio.”
A week ago, Bachchan had arranged for 10 buses to help migrants reach their native places in Uttar Pradesh — the state that the actor hails from. Celebrity photographer Viral Bhayani informed the press that the buses departed from Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai on 29 May.
Previously, Bachchan had supported the families of 1,00,000 daily wage workers belonging to the All India Film Employees Confederation by sponsoring their monthly ration. He was a part of the ‘I for India’ online fundraising concert organised by filmmakers Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar too. For his segment, the actor gave a heartfelt tribute to his co-star and close friend, the late Rishi Kapoor. ‘I for India’ managed to raise a total of Rs 52 crore, which were given to GiveIndia for coronavirus relief efforts.