By Lakshika Thakur
Sonu Sood began by first opening up his Juhu hotel for Covid-19 frontline workers who are working round the clock in fighting with the long battle and are unable to go home. The actor started helping thousands by migrant workers by providing them with food for free. He has fed over 45, 000 migrant workers on the streets. This wasn’t enough, he is now helping thousands of migrant workers to reach their native states. Sood has been working round the clock to get workers reach their homes by arranging buses for free and getting permissions from state governments to ensure the homecoming of the migrants.
In his initiative called Ghar Bhejo, Sonu has so far sent over 750 migrant workers in around 20 buses to Karnataka and UP. His twitter timeline speaks lot about his efforts not going in vain. As with each day there are more and more migrant workers coming ahead asking for help from the actor. “The first step is to convince the migrant workers to stop walking and assure them that we are there to help. Then we provide them with food and shelter till all necessary permissions are granted to get them back to home;” Sonu told the Quint.
Sonu’s fans are in awe of his work during these difficult times of pandemic and humanitarian situation that they are even calling him their ‘favourite government’ and ‘a vaccine to the migrant workers.’ Not only his fans but the celebrities are also showering their love and blessings on Sonu for his efforts. The actor’s efforts have impressed Chef Vikas Khanna to such an extent that he created a dish and named it ‘MOGA’, after Sonu’s hometown in Punjab. The actor is trending on no. 1 in India as everyone has taken to the twitter to laud his efforts.
Sonu has teamed with one of his friends who’s a restaurateur for the Ghar Bhejo campaign. The friend named Neeti Goel talked to Mumbai Mirror and revealed that earlier it used to take a month to get permission from a home state but they have slowly created a network that helps to obtain permission in 48 hours.She revealed that The cost of one trip ranges from Rs 64,000 for about 800 km, to Rs 1.8 lakh for 1600 to 2000 km that both Neeti and Sonu are spending from their pockets. The restaurateur said, “In the beginning we were struggling to find donors, but now, we’ve received calls from other film people and corporate leaders who want to share the costs.”