Actor Ajith Kumar is the latest to contribute to the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI). The actor has chipped in 25 lakh rupees for the benefit of daily wage workers who are currently in a state of crisis owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this, the actor has also contributed 50 lakhs each to the PM Cares Fund and CM Relief Fund and 2.5 lakhs to the PRO (Public Relations Officer) Union.
● PM Cares Fund: Rs 50 Lakhs
● CM Relief Fund: Rs 50 Lakhs
● FEFSI: Rs 25 Lakhs
● PRO Union : Rs 2.5 Lakhs
— Jaya TV (@JayaTvOfficial) April 7, 2020
— Jaya TV (@JayaTvOfficial) April 4, 2020
On March 23 afternoon, the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) put out a statement concerning the livelihood of daily wage workers and employees of the South Indian film industries. It spoke of the troubles they are facing owing to the Coronavirus outbreak which has halted film shooting, and other work. The federation requested the film fraternity to donate money for the procurement of rice bags, a basic need, for employees. The statement had also mentioned that 15,000 members of the 25,000 member organisation comprise daily wage workers who live off the income earned from shooting sets every day.
A few weeks back, actors Jayam Ravi, Udhayanidhi Stalin, and Aishwarya Rajesh and composer Anirudh Ravichander had contributed to FEFSI. They had contributed five lakhs, ten lakhs, one lakh, and two lakhs respectively.
Apart from the stars, director Karthik Subbaraj (1 lakh), cinematographer R Rathinavel (55k), actor-producers Kushboo and Sundar C (5 lakhs), actor Ponvannan (25k) and several other artists, PRs and journalists had made their contributions in cash. Producer Kotapadi J Rajesh, Super Good Films and actor Jiiva, actor Yogi Babu, artists Shankar Krishnamoorthy, Jeeva Ravi, and several others had also contributed in kind.
Previously, actors Suriya, Karthi and their father Sivakumar had donated a sum of 10 lakhs to the organisation. Further, actors Rajinikanth (50 lakhs), Kamal Haasan (10 lakhs), Dhanush (15 lakhs), Sivakarthikeyan (10 lakhs), Vijay Sethupathi (10 lakhs), producer Lalit Kumar’s Seven Screen Studio (10 lakhs), director Shankar (10 lakhs), Harish Kalyan (1 lakh), production house Sathya Jyothi Films (1 lakh), director P Vasu (1 lakh), Supreme Sundar (1 lakh) director Lokesh Kanagaraj (50k), Aadukalam Naren (25k), Chithra Lakshmanan (25k), Actress Sachu Kumari (10k), and several other actors, producers, and still photographers had also made their monetary contributions.
The Tamil Film Press Association, the Salem head of ‘Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’, production houses Axess Film Factory, 11:11 Production, producer Dhanu, actors Radha Ravi, Manobala, directors Hari, Santhana Bharathi, and Sanjay Bharathi and several others had also made their contributions in kind by donating a certain amount of rice and dal bags.
— VIJAY ANNA Fan (@MathaiyanVijay) March 24, 2020
On April 2, a statement by RK Selvamani revealed that the total amount collected stood at 1.59 crores with 1,983 kilos of rice. While he thanked all the stars for their contributions, he also expressed his displeasure at how the Tamil film industry wasn’t being as altruistic as the Telugu or Hindi film industry which has been making contributions in crores for daily wage workers.
While Salman Khan has contributed 50 crores to the Bollywood film industry workers, Megastar Chiranjeevi, who recently joined Twitter, has contributed 1 crore for the Tollywood film industry daily wage workers.
.@BeingSalmanKhan showed his unconditional love and charity for the people. Extended financial help to 25,000 daily wage workers of Bollywood, amount will be credited to their bank accounts
#BeingConsistentIsBeingHuman #LetsFightCorona pic.twitter.com/dzFCHkWDsW
— BARaju (@baraju_SuperHit) March 30, 2020
FEFSI added that the amount contributed is not enough to help out the 18,000 workers of the industry and have thereby requested the film fraternity once again to donate generously.
“We are planning to give Rs 500 and 25 kilos of rice to 18,000 daily wage workers but the amount collected so far is not sufficient,” said RK Selvamani.
It is noteworthy that several stars have also contributed to the fund raised towards artists of the Nadigar Sangam which includes producer Ishari K Ganesh, actors Karthi, Soori, Nasser, Ponvannan, SJ Suryah, Rohini, Sangeetha, and director Santhana Bharathi.
— NadigarSangam PrNews (@NadigarsangamP) April 5, 2020
Meanwhile, following the statement put out by the South Indian Artists Association / Nadigar Sangam, the Federation of Small Screen Technicians, Tamilnadu has also put out a statement seeking financial assistance. It mentioned that it seeks to help out technicians, writers, and directors of the television industry.
— V4UMEDIA (@V4umedia_) March 26, 2020