Tamil News

Atlee Donates 10 Lakhs Towards Corona Relief Funds

Atlee At The 'Bigil' Audio Launch

Director Atlee is the latest from the Indian film fraternity to donate towards Coronavirus Relief Funds. The director has chipped in a total of 10 lakhs, 5 lakhs for the Tamil Nadu Film Director’s Association and 5 lakhs for the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) for the benefit of members and daily wage workers.

A few days back actors Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara had contributed to various funds.

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.

Several film personalities like Rajinikanth (50 lakhs), Kamal Haasan (10 lakhs), Dhanush (15 lakhs), Sivakarthikeyan (10 lakhs), Vijay Sethupathi (10 lakhs), SuriyaKarthi and their father Sivakumar (10 lakhs), Lalit Kumar’s Seven Screen Studio (10 lakhs), Jayam Ravi (5 lakhs), Udhayanidhi Stalin (10 lakhs), Aishwarya Rajesh (1 lakh), composer Anirudh Ravichander (2 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), Karthik Subbaraj (1 lakh), cinematographer R Rathinavel (55k), actor-producers Kushboo and Sundar C (5 lakhs), actor Ponvannan (25k) and several other artists, PRs, producers, still photographers and journalists had 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 RaviManobala, directors HariSanthana Bharathi, and Sanjay Bharathi, Producer Kotapadi J Rajesh, Super Good Films and actor Jiiva, actor Yogi Babu, artists Shankar Krishnamoorthy, Jeeva Ravi, and several others had also made their contributions in kind by donating a certain amount of rice and dal bags.

Last week, RK Selvamani, President of FEFSI, had put out a statement revealing the amount and rice bags collected until April 2. 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.

This afternoon, he announced that the fund has collected 2.40 crores and 2400 rice bags and stated that they further required 3.75 crores to feed all the 25,000 families of the daily wage workers and members.

“We have been giving out Rs 500 and 25 kilos of rice to daily wagers and members, but the amount collected so far is not sufficient for all the 25,000 families,” 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, SooriNasser, Ponvannan, SJ SuryahRohiniSangeetha, and director Santhana Bharathi.

Meanwhile, following the statement put out by the South Indian Artists Association / Nadigar Sangam, the Federation of Small Screen Technicians, Tamilnadu had also put out a statement seeking financial assistance. It mentioned that it seeks to help out technicians, writers, and directors of the television industry. Despite the announcement, the federation doesn’t seem to have received contribution of any kind from the film fraternity.