A star in real life – The New Indian Express
Express press service
Sandalwood superstar Upendra has become a real-life hero for people, especially those in the industry, who are struggling to make ends meet due to the hard blow the Covid restrictions have dealt to them. livelihood.
When the lockdown was imposed, the actor, director and producer hit the pause button on all of his film-related work and delved into Covid’s relief efforts through his Uppi charitable foundation.
âFilming has stopped, theaters are closedâ¦ There is absolutely no work in any departmentâ¦ We make sure that the workers, the main actors and the support staff get the essentials,â he says. He says the government has announced a package, but has yet to reach the workers, who are paid daily. In the meantime, he addressed the workers of the workers’ association, such as those who work in music, cinematography, stunts, etc., and even those who work in theaters and film advertising.
âTheir main need is food, which we provide them with grocery kits from Mandya. But we’ve also received inquiries about financial aid, health issues, and we’re going there as a priority, âhe said. While Upendra started out by helping industry workers, it has spread to many other groups of people, and the number of people contributing cash and in-kind has also grown, the actor said.
âI have always deposited a portion of my income into the charity for use in such circumstances.
But now people have given 5,000 rupees and even a few lakh rupees. My friends living abroad also supported me by pooling money. It is the greatness of the people of a country that manifests itself during such times, âsays Upendra. Lead actor Saroja Devi, who donated Rs 4 lakh, was one of the first to contribute. âThere is a long list of people I don’t have an account for,â he says.
Upendra posted updates of the incoming relief material, and who it is donated to, on his Twitter account. He also praised the people who are helping. âTransparency is very important. I’m listing names because that will kind of inspire others, âthe actor says.
However, that hasn’t stopped critics who accuse him of promoting his political interests. âFrom the first day, I say that there is no link between Prajakeeya and the social service that I do today. I have no right to ask for votes on behalf of the social service, âhe said.
While most of the people engaged in the relief work are Upendra’s staff, the actor is happy that some relief efforts have given jobs to at least a few people, in terms of packing, transportation and distribution. .
âI also have a job now,â the actor says, adding, âI realized that working for myself is different. Working for others has given us the greatest satisfaction. On the positive side, I have to say that humanity still exists among the people who help more than us and whose names are not known in public. “