Chennai: Actor Rajinikanth has donated Rs 50 lakh for the welfare of several thousand workers associated with Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI).
With the coronavirus outbreak, more than 70 per cent of the FEFSI members mostly daily wagers are worst hit. Considering their situation, Rajinikanth has donated the money.
It may be noted that actor Sivakumar along with his sons Suriya and Karthi had contributed Rs 10 lakh. Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi gave away Rs 10 lakh each.
Director R K Selvamani, who heads FEFSI released a statement recently requesting all actors to come forward and help FEFSI members.
In the letter, he said, ”Members are calling me and asking for work. When I told the member, who is a light man, that it would take at least another 15 to 20 days, he told me that his children were starving back home as he had no money for food.”
Through this letter, Selvamani requested his colleagues, especially actors and actresses to contribute to FEFSI members. FEFSI comprises of 25,000 members across different aspects of film making. Selvamani has said that even if a family can get a pack of rice, it will suffice the basic food requirements.