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Tolly celebs step forward, use social media to share resource details for those in distress

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Actor Gulshanara Khatun, whose posts on verified Covid resources have been shared by Mukherji, believes the director is setting an example by using his social media reach to help people. “Many others, including director Shieladitya Moulik, actor Saheb Chattopadhyay and script writer Aditi Majumdar, are also sharing information this way. But I have noticed that Srijit’s timeline now has nothing apart from information related to Covid resources. This is commendable. So many people are benefiting from this,” she said.

Gulshanara, a Covid survivor, is part of a WhatsApp group called Jadavpur Covid Resource. “My cousin’s family was infected. It was an ordeal to arrange for oxygen. On April 24, my cousin passed away, but we couldn’t even say the final goodbye. Soon after, my aunt died. All that hit me hard and I decided to use my social media to amplify whatever verified information I could get to help those in distress,” she said. In between shooting for the serial ‘Felna’, she is sharing authentic information that is verified by another member in the Jadavpur Covid Resource group formed by JU students.Music director Ranajoy Bhattacharjee, who shot to fame for his ‘Preme pora baron’ song, is also sharing information. “Too many people have died around me. Four days ago, I started sharing this information and with each passing day, more and more people from our industry are sharing such information on their timelines,” he said.

Actor Sonu Sood had become a messiah of sorts since the pandemic broke out last year. Helping thousands of migrants or helping to airlift people in distress and provide essentials was a “million times more satisfying than being a part of any 100cr film”, the actor had tweeted. And that philanthropic trait has rubbed off on Tollywood celebrities, who are using their social media accounts to share verified information regarding hospital beds, oxygen supply and life-saving medicines.
The most prominent name on the list of philanthropists is director Srijit Mukherji. On Wednesday, a netizen posted on his social media wall: “Anyone in Kolkata looking for urgent help regarding beds, oxygen, blood, supply of food, etc, do follow Srijit Mukherji’s timeline. It is probably the biggest single-point source of verified authentic information at this moment, being continuously updated.”
For the last six days, Mukherji’s social media handles have not had any update on his films or awards, nor have there been personal photos. He has been sharing and amplifying updates on availability of oxygen, beds, plasma and free meals instead. Not just Kolkata, Mukherji is also reaching out to those outside the state.

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You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultOn Wednesday afternoon, he shared a post asking for help to admit Padmabhushan Pt Debu Choudhury in Delhi. “Many are doing the same. That includes Parambrata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Birsa Dasgupta, Abir Chatterjee, Rwitobrata Mukherjee, Rupa Bhattacharjee and Madhurima Basak from the industry. Apart from them, there are others, including Tanumoy Naskar, Gargi Bhattacharya, Abhirup Sen, Shreyashi Dastidar, Palash Haq and Subham Dutta. This is the least we can do for our fellow citizens,” Mukherji said. He has appealed to those who have millions of followers to come forward and share so that the “time- and scarcity-based information can reach those in need before becoming outdated”.

Director Kamaleswar Mukherjee said, “Srijit is making a lot of effort to do this work. My number is provided on the FB profile and calls are coming in. I will be taking to the streets from Thursday to distribute masks and measure oxygen saturation.”

Source: Times of India

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