Social Activities Sonu Sood | Sonu Sood during the pandemic role

Actor Sonu Sood, who has been actively involved in social service during the COVID-19 pandemic, said on Wednesday it was the most important role of his career.

“I’ve played many special roles in my films but the role I played during the pandemic is the most important role of my career. ‘Almighty’ was asking me to do the right thing in life I would like to thank God for waking me up,” he said.

The actor made the above statement while addressing a rally organized by Cyberabad Police to commend frontline warriors and plasma donors.

“When the pandemic started I thought we had to do our part but I had no idea,” said Sonu Sood, who recalled being moved by the plight of 350 Thane workers who asked him to provide food for 10 days because they had to walk home to Karnataka.

He approached the authorities, received the necessary authorization and organized transport for this group.

Realizing there were millions of other people stranded like this across the country, he began connecting with others to help stranded migrant workers.

“We dialed a toll free number and within an hour we had calls from a lakh. My voicemail was flooded with emails. My number was ringing every minute. I asked my secretary to ensure that no call goes unanswered,” he said.

Sonu said it was a special time “to help the guest workers because they were the real heroes and the reason for all our comfort.”

The actor said they can go online and send home more than 7.26 lakh people. He then began to receive calls from students stranded abroad.

“Fourteen and a half thousand students were evacuated from places like Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Russia and the Philippines,” he said.

He said that after returning home, these migrant workers and others contacted him and asked for jobs.

He added that 50 lakh job applications were received in two and a half days. He, along with other Samaritans, provided job opportunities for two lakh people.

Sonu Sood said people have also started approaching her for help with medical treatment. He got in touch with doctors, hospital owners and others who wanted to help. Every day, 20 to 22 surgeries were performed for those in need over the next few months.

“The first message of the pandemic is that life isn’t about buying a good pair of shoes, clothes, and vacations. It’s about people waiting for that call to happen. My mom used to tell me you’d make it if you could help someone who didn’t expect your help.

The actor told frontline workers and others gathered for their appreciation on the occasion that society needs them more now than during the pandemic. “This is when they need you the most. Find people who need your help. There is a hero in all of us. We need to identify them and inspire others.

“Together we can make a huge difference to the society we live in,” he told the audience.
Cyberabad Police and Cyberabad Security Council Society have organized the congratulation to recognize and appreciate all those who have helped the society in different ways.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar has praised Sonu Sood for all the good work he has done so far.

Sajjanar said he was able to discover during the pandemic that there were so many good and generous people in society. “We were the first to send invited workers home on special trains. Three lakh guest workers were transported in 40 trains to their hometowns,” he said.

Sajjanar recalled that Cyberabad Police was also the first in India to set up a COVID control room in India within a day of the announcement of the first lockdown. The center received 3,000 calls a day.

“We were able to stop marketing by setting up the Plasma Hotline. If not, it would have been sold for, who knows, maybe ₹80,000 or even more,” Sajjanar said.

“Cyberabad Police were able to mobilize 8,000 units of plasma. Now the demand has gone down considerably,” he added.

Sonu also hailed DCPs, ACPs and senior police officers within Cyberabad boundaries. Several organizations and individuals were also appreciated for their assistance during the pandemic.

Krishna Yedula, secretary of the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) highlighted that they were able to provide 15 lakh of meals and distribute 1.85 lakh of grocery kits during the lockdown.

Singer Smitha and music director Anup Ruben were also present at the event. She explained how she could, in “her own little way”, serve society.

Joel C. Hicks