Sonu Sood has been the knight in shining armour for all the migrant workers lately. The actor has made it a point to help as many people as possible reach their home as they are stuck far away from their village because of the coronavirus lockdown. The actor has also been feeding many workers on a regular basis and has a whole team involved in this operation. He also created a helpline number for anyone who wants his help to reach their home.
In an interview with a leading website, Sonu opened up about the incident which boosted him to go on this path. He said, 'We were not prepared for this, we never thought that we would be locked down in our houses for so long. Then we came across these pictures of the migrants walking on the highway and losing their lives. These are the people that built our houses, offices and the roads that we commute on, and we’re just letting them walk back home with their little ones. Imagine, what kind of memories will they have to grow up with, that we kept walking and my parents were in pain but no one came to help us. So, I thought something needs to be done for them. We also had the food distributed to close to 40-45 thousand people on a daily basis. There’s a place around Thane and I took permissions so that we could keep distributing food to them.'
Adding further, 'While I was there, I saw a family passing by, so I thought I’ll ask them if there’s any way that I can help them. So I spoke to them and asked them where they’re headed and they said that they are heading to Karnataka. It's close to 700-800 kms from here and we will reach there in a few days. So, I offered them help, I asked them to give me two days’ time so I could figure out the permissions and I was somehow able to convince them. I somehow managed to get all the permissions even from the Karnataka government and the first time, I had sent around 350 migrants home.'
What touched the actor's heart was to see years in the families' eyes who finally managed to reach their home. He said, 'So when I went to see them off, the kids were happy, the parents had happy tears in their eyes and they said that they thought they would die here and they won’t be able to go back home. But then, that line struck a chord that these are just 350 migrants, there are lakhs of them that need help. It was then when I started working on different levels and got more permissions from different states, when they started reaching their destinations safely, that’s when I thought that my job here is done.'