Who knew bad goon Chhedi Singh of Dabangg was actually the down-to-earth and selfless Raghuveer of Ramaiya Vastavaiya who could feel the pain of the underprivileged sections of society. After gaining fame from playing reel-life villain roles in superhit Telugu movies like Arundhati, Athadu, Julayi and Dookudu, actor Sonu Sood has become a real-life hero.
The celebrity actor has becoming something of a Messiah for people when he started an initiative to provide food and transport services to stranded migrant workers to reach their homes.
Maybe, it is because of his own humble background that Sonu Sood didn’t think twice before extending help to the destitute.
His journey from an engineer to an actor hasn’t been an easy one. In an interview with Storypick, he recalled his struggling days. “Two decades ago, we would go from office-to-office handing out our pictures in the hope of getting work. I remember that at the first office that I went to, the receptionist did not even look at me.
She just asked me to keep my photos and leave. I would roam around in fitted T-shirts, thinking someone will notice me for my body at least. Then I realised, all these tricks don’t work. I learnt the art of making small talk and would start by asking for a glass of water.
On some days, I’ve had to drink 40 glasses of water. Even though I wasn’t getting a chance, I decided to stick around. I’ve earned my place in the industry with a lot of hard work and there’s no alternative for that,” said the actor who recently launched a toll-free number to make the services accessible easily to the needy.
A picture of local train pass used by Sonu in 1997 went viral on social media recently. “One who has struggled for real can only understand the pain of others,” wrote a Twitter user to which the actor replied, “Life is a full circle”.
The actor has surpassed the ‘Bhai of Bollywood’, Salman Khan, in terms of popularity as shown by recent Google trends which observed a spike in searches on Sonu Sood. The actor’s work is appreciated across the country by celebs and politicians as well.
Rajya Sabha MP Amar Patnaik tweeted about Sonu’s initiative of airlifting 170 Odia girls from Kerala. “Sonu Sood Ji, you are helping the Odia girls to return safely from Kerala is commendable. Kudos to your noble efforts. It’s incredible to see how you are helping the needy reach their homes safely. More strength to you,” Patnaik tweeted.
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