Actor-producer Prakash Raj who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, 27 March, has provided shelter for eleven stranded workers from Chennai, Pondicherry, and Khammam as a birthday deed. Owing to the national 21-day lockdown announced because of the Coronavirus pandemic, several daily wage workers have been left in crisis.
The actor had reportedly allocated space for the workers in his farm and spoke to their families and assured their safety. He has also helped them deposit money for their well-being.
On my birthday today ..I did this .gave shelter to 11 stranded workers from Pondichery..chennai.. Khammam.. it’s not just government s responsibility..it’s ours too. #COVID2019 #21daylockdown #kuchKaronna .. let’s celebrate humanity .. let’s fight this united .. 🙏 #JustAsking pic.twitter.com/OX9hWqH05N
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) March 26, 2020
A few days back, the actor had donated bags of rice through his Prakash Raj Foundation to the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) after they had put out a statement concerning the livelihood of daily wage workers and employees of the South Indian film industries.
#coronavirusindia first set of empowering daily wage workers reach .. please help at least one family around you🙏.. a #prakashrajfoundation initiative.. celebrate #humanity .. lets stand by the needy ..let’s fight this together #JustAsking pic.twitter.com/PgdK5bfTxg
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) March 24, 2020
He had also reportedly paid his personal staff and the staff at his house, farm, foundation, and production house their salaries up to the month of May in advance. He has also charted a way to pay at least half of the salaries of the daily wage workers of his upcoming films that have come to a halt in the wake of the global threat.
The Sarileru Neekevvaru actor has also promised to continue to empower more such people and has requested others to help out too. “Time to give back to life, time to stand by one another,” he said.
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) March 22, 2020
The actor was last seen in the Kannada comedy-crime film Mayabazar 2016 helmed by debutant Radhakrishna Reddy. He was last seen in Telugu in Anil Ravipudi’s action-comedy Sarileru Neekevvaru and in Tamil in MR Bharathi‘s emotional drama Azhiyatha Kolangal 2. He will next feature in Kannada in Yuvarathnaa, in Tamil in Agni Siragugal and Annaatthe, and in Telugu in Naarappa, AA20 and Vakeel Saab.
Watch the trailer of Mayabazar 2016 here.