Taking to his Twitter handle, the actor maintained the anonymity of the teenager and shared a post about how her parents and brother succumbed to the virus within just 10 days. Sharing the post with heartbreak emoticons the actor made an appeal to all fans and fellow Indians to reach out and help many other children who have been orphaned during the course of the pandemic.
“I woke up with the news that her mom also passed away just now. Now, this little girl is all alone. Please come forward and support such families. They need you,” Sonu said in his tweet.
While acknowledging that all may not be able to help due to various constraints, he said, “If you can’t, let me know, I will.”
I woke up with the news that her mom also passed away just now. Now this little girl is all alone. Please come fo… https://t.co/Hv7KD5WzXg
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) 1622950108000
Sonu was among the first Bollywood stars to champion the cause of children who lost their parents. His efforts were lauded by friend and fellow Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra. Sharing Sonu’s video appealed to the Indian government to make education free for any child who has lost their parents to Covid-19, she called him a ‘visionary philanthropist’.
Priyanka penned a note that read, “Have you heard of visionary philanthropists? My colleague @sonu_sood is one such. He thinks and plans ahead. Think this one out carefully because the impact is long-term and it involves children—amongst the many horror stories of the pandemic, this is regarding those children who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19. The disruption, for many, sadly leads to a complete stop in their education due to the combination of loss and economic factors due to that loss.”
Besides Sonu, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan also made headlines when he revealed that he had adopted two children who lost both their parents. Besides taking care of their educational needs, he also revealed in his blog post that he would extend financial support till they are grown up.
“Young children .. orphaned by the sudden death of the parents, left in oblivion… have adopted 2 and shall be put in an orphanage in Hyderabad .. their study board and lodging free till they finish School… from the 1st to the 10th… and if they turn out bright to provide them with free upper education… and more, as and when the means are affordable… ” Bachchan wrote in his blog.
Actor Salman Khan also reportedly extended financial support to a teenage boy who reached out to him for help after losing both parents to the virus.