Mumbai: Even as the state continues to reel under the effects of unprecedented floods, especially in Sangli and Kolhapur districts, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s film wing has slammed the bollywood for not being generous enough to donate for the relief and rehabilitation of victims. “Lanat hai unpar, jinke paas danat nahi hai…” (Shame on those, who do not have the charity to help), said Ameya Khopkar, the president of MNS Chitrapat Sena.
“They say there should not be any politics in a moment of crisis. But where are the Bollywood stars, who say that Maharashtra is their Karmabhoomi (workplace), in this difficult period?” tweeted Khopkar.
“Why not these stars, who make money at the cost of people here, have come forward to help them during this crisis? They often post videos and bytes to promote even the mediocre films of each other, but have failed to post even a single video to appeal for help of flood-affected people,” he said.
It is up to an individual to decide what should they do. But this time the matter is serious. It is very annoying to see that how the stars, who portray themselves as Masiah on the screen, can forget their Karmabhoomi, Khopkar added.
The MNS leader lauded Marathi stars saying that actors as well as backstage artists participated in the flood relief works. “The Marathi stars in the entertainment industry came together and made arrangements to supply goods systematically. Even the backstage artists have lent their hands in this exercise,” he said.
Meanwhile, film star Ritesh Deshmukh and his wife Genelia donated Rs 25 lakh to the chief minister’s relief fund for the aid of flood-affected people. They handed over the cheque to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. “Thank you Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh for the contribution of ₹25,00,000/- (₹25 lakh) towards #CMReliefFund for #MaharashtraFloods!” tweeted the CM. Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane also made an emotional appeal saying that he will also do his bit to help the flood victims. “Praying for everyone affected in the floods across the country. Let us all do everything we can to help them recover quickly,” he tweeted.
The Chief Minister had recently revealed that in Sangli, in 2005, there was 217 per cent rainfall in 31 days and this year it was 758 per cent in just 9 days. In Kolhapur, in 2005 the rainfall recorded was 159 per cent in 31 days and this year it is 480 per cent in 9 days. Koyna has a capacity of 100 TMC but 50 TMC got filled in just nine days.