Actor-director T Rajendhar, President of the Tamil Film Distributors Association for Chennai, Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur regions wrote a note thanking actor-director Raghava Lawrence for his contribution to the distributors association.
He said that some of the distributors under his wing have faced severe losses after doing business for certain films, leaving them in a state of despair. Taking into consideration the future and not just the current times, the actor said that he had decided to raise a fund to help these distributors monthly.
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“We had decided to start the fundraising in March since we had taken the decision at the end of April. Since it’s been 12 years since I directed a film, I had decided to do one titled Innisai Kaadhalan, shooting of which was to commence in the first week of April. Out of the salary I received, I wanted to contribute a chunk of it towards the fund. But the Coronavirus outbreak has led to a halt in all production activities, closing of cinema halls and the lockdown which has tied our hands up. I was wondering how I was going to tackle the situation,” said T Rajendar.
He added, “At that moment, I was reminded of my dear friend and actor, Raghava Lawrence, who holds a lot of respect for my family and myself. I told him about the prevailing situation and he immediately agreed to help me out. Within no time, a paycheck of 15 lakhs was sent to the trust of the association. At times when people fail to keep up their word, I’m thankful for a soul like him who never forgets his past. I wish this kind and generous nature of his lasts till the end.”
He ended the note by thanking the choreographer and revealing that he had also asked several others from the film fraternity to contribute towards the welfare fund. He also added that he is more concerned about the association members’ future and not just their situation at this difficult time.
Raghava Lawrence has been contributing generously to several associations. He earlier contributed 3 crores towards relief funds – 50 lakhs to the Prime Minister Care Fund, 50 Lakhs to the Chief Minister Relief Fund of Tamil Nadu, 50 lakhs towards the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI), 50 lakhs towards Dancer’s Union, 25 lakhs for boys with disabilities, and 75 lakhs for daily wagers and the people from his birthplace Desiya Nagar, Royapuram.
Hai friends and fans, This is a very crucial time for all of us. I will try my level best to serve the needy without any expectation. God is within everyone, Service is god. pic.twitter.com/fsGSPynAw3
— Raghava Lawrence (@offl_Lawrence) April 14, 2020
On Friday, he had provided 25 lakhs to the South Indian Artistes’ Association/ Nadigar Sangam.
— Raghava Lawrence (@offl_Lawrence) April 17, 2020