Actress Nikhila Vimal who shot to fame in Malayalam cinema with Love 24×7 and in Tamil with Kidaari is helping out the people in crisis due to the Coronavirus pandemic in a unique manner. The Kerala-based actress has been working in a COVID19 call-centre in a panchayat office in Kannur district, Kerala, helping people out with their needs. She has been attending calls from the public and penning lists of essentials required by them.
Owing to the crisis, the entire nation is under lockdown for a period of 21 days which has now been extended further for a period of 19 days. Though shops are open, restrictions have been laid on the work timings. This has made it extremely difficult for commonfolk to procure basic items. To help them out, the district panchayat office at Kerala is reportedly coordinating the supply of essentials to the people of the state.
Nikhila who reached out to the centre after finding out that they required volunteers has been aiding the coordination process. The call-centre reportedly welcomed the participation of well-known personalities for the service. The service is helping the actress understand the situation better given that she’s operating at the floor-level.
The Thambi star who is working from 10 am to 5 pm at the office, travels about 20kms each day to reach the centre. The actress speaks to callers in need without revealing her identity.
“The big challenge we faced in the initial days was panic buying. But that has come down because we ensure the supply of most of the items they ask for. It’s a new experience for me and I am glad I could help in some way during the pandemic,” said Nikhila to Times Of India.
Nikhila who was last seen in Malayalam for a cameo in Midhun Manuel Thomas’s Anjaam Pathiraa and in Tamil for Jeethu Joseph‘s Thambi alongside Karthi has two films in the pipeline. She will next feature in Vinod DL‘s Ranga alongside Sibiraj and Jofin T Chacko’s The Priest alongside Mammootty.
Thambi dealt with a younger brother who returns to his family of five, 15 years after he’s believed to have been missing. Nikhila played Sanjana, the love interest of Karthi who essayed Saravanan. Though occupying less screen space she managed to impress audiences to a great extent. The film collected well at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics.
Watch the trailer of Thambi here.