Recently, actress Jyotika was mired in controversy about a statement she had made at the JFW Movie Awards 2020 function that took place a while ago. The star was attacked by a section of the right-wing for her statement on how funds must also be channelled to schools and hospitals for their development just as people spend them on temples.
The actress who made the statement after witnessing the badly maintained Rajah Mirasudhar Government hospital at Thanjavur was insulted on social media, questioned as to whether she had donated towards the same, and labelled anti-Hindu for mentioning the word ‘temples’ in her speech. Several celebrities including her actor-producer and husband Suriya and R Saravanan, director of her upcoming film with actors Sasikumar and Samuthirakani, stood by her.
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Staying true to her word, the Ponmagal Vandhal star has donated a lump sum of Rs. 25 lakhs and donated medical equipment for child care and for the betterment of the children’s ward to Rajah Mirasudhar Government hospital in Thanjavur on Saturday. The donation made through her Agaram Foundation was done in consultation with Dr. C Vijayabaskar, Tamil Nadu Minister for Health and Family Welfare, and with the approval of Marudhu Durai, the head of Rajah Mirasudhar Government hospital.
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The actress had visited the hospital as it was one of the shooting locations for her film with R Saravanan and learned that the hospital’s maternity ward required additional equipment for better care for the mother and child. She also found the buildings being badly maintained. The funds donated by the actor will go toward the painting and beautification of the ‘Pediatric Block’ and renovation of the inbuilt children’s park, and has donated the following to the hospital,
- A BiPAP AVAPS Ventilator including Humidifier
- An AIRVO 2 Humidifier
- A Manual Semi Fowler Backrest Bed
- An X-ray unit
- BiPAP BiLevel Ventilator with an innovative setting concept
The donation was given to Minister Vijayabaskar by R Saravanan on behalf of the actress. Vijayabaskar thanked Jyothika on behalf of the TN government and called it an incredible deed. “She deserves immense appreciation for coming forward and helping the hospital,” he said.
While the Thanjavur district collector M Govinda Rao praised her sense of social responsibility, Marudhu Durai, the head of Rajah Mirasudhar Government hospital thanked her for her altruistic nature. “Jyothika’s help is the perfect example of how outcomes would be beneficial and successful if the government’s plans are aided by common people’s contributions,” said Marudhu Durai. The event also saw the presence of R Doraikkannu, Minister for Agriculture and R Vaithilingam, a Rajya Sabha member.
It is noteworthy that poisonous snakes were found at the government hospital right after the actress’ speech was blown out of proportion.
#Jyotika‘s observation that the Govt Raja Mirasudhar hospital in Tanjore was badly maintained had erupted into a controversy. Today, a lady at the hospital was bit by a snake. When the premises was cleaned, 10 poisonous snakes were caught. So, #Jyotika was right all along! pic.twitter.com/mwS2DPPqmL
— Yuvraaj (@proyuvraaj) April 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Jyotika who was last seen in Ponmagal Vandhal will next feature in R Saravanan’s untitled bankrolled by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment. Her previous Ponmagal Vandhal was the first film in the lockdown period to opt for a direct OTT release bypassing the theatrical window. Following this, several other small and medium budget Indian films opted for the same creating a stir amongst industry stakeholders.
The thriller courtroom drama helmed by debutant JJ Fredrick also starred Thiyagarajan, K Bhagyaraj, R Parthiepan, Pandiyarajan, and Prathap Pothen in important roles. It dealt with a lawyer Venba who fights for the justice of Jothi who has been groundlessly labelled a serial killer.
Watch the trailer of PMV here.