Wednesday, December 7

Actors use shoot break to serve people

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Television actor Dibyojyoti Dutta of ‘Desher Mati’ fame has been using his break from shooting, which has been stalled during the enhanced restrictions, to serve the people. The 21-year-old has been visiting a canteen in Jadavpur every day and helping the caterers packs meals for 125 needy people. Armed with a pass from Kolkata Police, Dutta, along with two friends, has been distributing the free meals to the families and he has also travelled to districts to distribute ration and sanitary napkins among those in distress.
Dutta is among the many stars who have doing their bit for society. Dutta had initially mooted this idea of pulling their personal resources with friends Subhadeep Kajli and Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee. “They agreed and the work began. Earlier, I could join my friends only on weekends,” he said. Now that shooting has been on hold, he has been packing, distributing packets and even reaching ration to homes. “If I can take care of my safety, why should I stay at home? I always have my mask and gloves on,” he said. Some of his fraternity members, including Leena Gangopadhyay, Ananya Das, Debanjana Mookerjee and Pradyut Dey, have been supporting him. Shruti, his co-star in ‘Desher Mati’, is herself a Covid survivor. “She sent across a lot of medicines,” he added.
Actress Sudipta Chakraborty donated blood on Wednesday. She had been “scared” of blood donation but took an “impulsive decision” when she learnt about the scarcity. “I heard the situation would worsen once the 18+ vaccination starts as people can’t donate blood within 14 days of getting jabbed. On Wednesday, I went to a hospital and donated blood. Though I am averse to sharing such photos, I was told doing so would inspire others,” she said..The West Bengal Motion Picture Artists’ Forum is set to open a 25-bed facility for free treatment to residents of Wards 89 and 93, members of the forum, technicians and their families on Saturday. Named ‘Soumitra’, after the late Soumitra Chatterjee, the facility has been opened at a badminton training centre. Actor Shantilal Mukherjee, joint secretary of the forum, said, “Doctors will examine patients to see if they need hospitalization or can be treated at the facility.”

Source: Times of India

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