The rapid spread of Novel Coronavirus has stopped the functioning of major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and others. Apart from corporate work, the virus has also shut down the film industry. Because of the shutdown, the Film Employees Federation of South India (FESFI) workers are suffering from a major financial problem in their life.
Hence, Rajinikanth and Vijay Sethupathi have come to the rescue of the daily wage workers. Given the recent outbreak of COVID-19, theaters across Tamil Nadu have been closed, and shoots of films, television serials, and advertisements are on hold as well.
The Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) president RK Selvamani earlier issued an appeal through a press release requesting the South Indian film fraternity to provide financial help to the daily wage members of the federation who don’t have an income right now.
FEFSI has been raising funds to support the film industry employees due to lockdown imposed. It asked celebrities to come together and raise a sum of Rs. 1 crore for the workers and technicians, and Tamil superstar Rajinikanth made a sizable donation to support them.
Superstar Rajinikanth has donated Rs 50 lakh for the well being of daily wage workers of the South Indian film industry in the time of complete shutdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Within a few hours Suriya, Karthi, along with their father Sivakumar, donated Rs 10 lakh. It was later reported that actor Siva Karthikeyan too, donated Rs 10 lakh.
Actors Parthipan and Prakash Raj have provided several rice bags weighing 25 kg each. Ever since RK Selvamani had put a request, Kollywood celebrities are leaving no stone unturned to help FEFSI members in need.
Due to the lockdown, the shooting of Rajinikanth’s ”Annaatthe”, which is directed by Siruthai Siva, has been put on hold. The film was reportedly scheduled to release in Diwali 2020, given the delay in shooting we are unsure if films will stick to their stipulated release dates.