With Kollywood shutting down operations and suspending all film shoots from March 19 following the Coronavirus situation, the most affected have been workers in the industry, who have been struggling to make ends meet.
RK Selvamani, the president of the Federation of Film Employees of South India (FEFSI), had appealed to the film fraternity to extend financial help for the over 26,000 members of the body, who depend on daily wages.
Following this, superstar Rajinikanth has donated Rs 50 lakh to Film Employees Federation of South India that has been raising funds to support those workers of the industry who will loose their livelihood due to coronavirus lockdown.
An announcement was made by FEFSI on March 16, that the film industry would shut down indefinitely as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Consequently, hundreds of FEFSI workers have lost their jobs.The film industry is facing huge losses due to the shutdown.
FEFSI has been raising funds to support the film industry workers who will lose their livelihood due to coronavirus lockdown. Amid the grave situation throughout the country, superstar Rajinikanth has made a sizable donation to support the workers and technicians of the South Indian film industry.
Other film actors like Karthi and Suriya have also donated an amount of Rs.10 lakh for the FEFSI workers. Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi have given Rs 10 lakh each.
Prakash Raj, Parthiban, Narain, Roshan, Sachu, and others like filmmaker Vetri Maaran, producer Thanu have contributed to FEFSI.
Selvamani has issued a press release requesting the South Indian film fraternity to come forward and extend financial help to the daily wage members of FEFSI who work for cinema and are now starving with their families due to the spreading Coronavirus outbreak.
According to Selvamani, nearly 15,000 workers are unable to fulfill the basic needs of their family members. Now, Suriya, Karthi and their dad Sivakumar donated 10 lakhs to the FEFSI workers.
Selvamani requested affluent actors and producers to donate 1 crore rupees so that FEFSI can at least provide rice bags to their members.