Sonu Sood, the Hindi actor, on Saturday, requested the government on Instagram to make cremations free of cost for those who have died of Covid-19.
The Dabangg actor posted a video where he narrated the difficulties in getting Covid-19 patients cremated.
He said, “Some of them cannot find a place in the crematorium ground because they do not have the money. We have been helping people but there are still many of them who are not able to reach out to us.”
Requesting all governments to bring in a law to make the process free, the actor noted that thousands die in the country every day and cremations usually cost between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000.
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“It is really important to do this [make crematoriums free] now so that people know that we are with them,” Sood said.
Several celebrities and actors have taken to social media to amplify Covid-19 requests and resources after being called out on by citizens for not using their privilege. Actor Alia Bhatt, who came under fire for going to the Maldives during the pandemic, joined hands with journalist Faye D’Souza to post verified helpline numbers and resources on her Instagram page.
Actors Sonam Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar have been posting resources and information on Covid-19. Pednekar announced that she has collaborated with Ketto, a crowdfunding platform to assist in providing financial aid for Covid-19 patients.
Director SS Rajamouli announced that the social media handle of his upcoming film RRR will be used to coordinate and provide help during India’s ongoing Covid crisis. Many other actors and celebrities like Siddharth and Chinmayi Sripada have used their accounts to share and provide information.
The times are tough and our team is doing its bit in this hour of need to provide authentic information.
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) April 29, 2021
A completely crowd-sourced public service annoucement.
Like it. Share it. And let’s get together to spread awareness and some much needed smiles.#ChennaiVolunteerTaskForce#ChennaiTricolorInitiative#ChennaiCovidHelphttps://t.co/3MGWsFZ0Bt
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) May 1, 2021
Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced that she has set up a fundraiser with GiveIndia and she assured that the donations will directly go towards the infrastructure, medical support, and vaccine mobilisation. The international actor and singer said that she and her husband Nick Jonas have contributed to the fund and will continue to do so.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 28, 2021
Actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Gopi Sunder have donated to their respective state’s distress relief fund. Actors Mahesh Babu, Mohanlal, and Kamal Hassan encouraged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.