Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
You either die a hero or live long enough to become a Villian. Bollywood actor Sonu Sood who earlier received applauds for helping the distressed and underprivileged amid the coronavirus pandemic is now labeled as the ‘biggest scam of 2020’ by a section of Netizens.
From Sending stranded migrants in various parts of the country back to their hometowns to booking chartered flights for students stuck abroad, Sonu left no stones unturned in forwarding a helping hand to those who needed him the most.
However a recent social media post by Sonu Sood led many to believe that his charity work during the pandemic is nothing more than a PR gig of his team.
It all began when a Twitter user named Snehal Misal took to Twitter and wrote,“Hi Sonu Sir My son is affected with pulmonary stenosis where his body can’t take 100% of oxygen his oxygen level drops to 30% Pedeatric cardiologist has suggested for open heart surgery as early as possible so please kindly help out us in this critical situation.”
Sonu quote- tweeted it and commented by stating,” Tomorrow your son will be admitted to SRCC Hospital Mumbai. Surgery will be scheduled this week.”
It should have been yet another heartwarming deed of the Bollywood actor by helping someone in need. But matters didn’t here. Some social media users pointed out that the account of Snehal Misal was brand new and had no profile pictures or contact details. Moreover, the account hasn’t even tagged Sonu Sood, so it would’ve been hard for Sonu Sood to find this tweet among the millions of tweets that are sent every day.
Defending his actions, the Dabangg actor shared excel sheets and receipts of him helping the user and wrote,” That’s the best part brother. I find a needy & they somehow find me. It’s about “INTENTIONS”, but u won’t understand. Tom patient will be in SRCC Hospital kindly do ur bit. Send some fruits for him. Someone with 2-3 followers will be happy to get some love from a man with followers.”
But this also didn’t sit in his favor when people pointed out that that the excel sheet shows him helping Snehal Mishra on 25th September, While the tweet in which Snehal Mishra had publicly asked for help was sent a month later on 20th October.
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On the work front Sonu will feature in the Bollywood film Prithviraj, alongside Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, and Manushi Chillar.