Sonu Sood was born in Moga, Punjab and left for Mumbai with big dreams in his eyes and heart full of desires. He was an engineer before he became an actor and a producer. During this pandemic this reel-life hero turned into a real-life hero, leaving no stone unturned to help the needy, the actor lent a helping hand to millions of migrants and wage workers through his random acts of kindness, such as arranging transportation for their travel, free medicines, free food and all that he could do in his power.
Not only this, during the first wave of pandemic Sonu Sood opened the gates of his Juhu Hotel for frontline workers like police officers, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of the country who have been working day and night to save lives of millions. The actor has reportedly given 1500 PPE kits to paramedics and over 25000 face shields to police officers in Maharashtra.
He fed almost 45000 people across Mumbai every day under a food drive ‘Shakti Annadanam’ in the name of his late father, Shakti S. Sood.
Being a migrant himself Sonu was able to empathise with their sorrows, so he arranged for buses that led those migrants to their homes and also gave them medical security. At a time when there was no one for these workers, it was Sood who stood like a rock behind them. In 2020 he helped almost 20,000 migrants to reunite with their families and go back home safely. He covered different parts of the country like Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, etc. He also introduced a toll-free helpline number for the workers and migrants to send their requests.
Apart from all of this, the actor also launched a free app and website called ‘Pravasi Rojgar’ to provide employment opportunities to workers in India. The platform is designed to connect job seekers with job providers. The initiative also aims at training people so that they could meet the job descriptions and requirements of job providers.
He also helped farmers and arranged a tractor for the farmer whose video went viral showing the poor state of affairs where the farmer’s daughter was manually ploughing the agricultural field. Later both of the farmer’s daughters were funded for education by Chandrababu Naidu, an opposition leader of the state.
Enabling students to come back to their home from Kyrgyzstan, he operated the first charter Bishkek-Varanasi on 22nd July 2020. FlySpiceJet helped in making Sonu’s mission successful.
Despite falling prey to the pandemic himself, even during the second wave, Sonu Sood has been working day and night to help the needy, he has provided oxygen cylinders, amplified requests for hospital beds and whatnot. Yesterday, Sonu Sood ordered an oxygen plant from France to help people across the country. He aims at bringing four oxygen plants to help people in the country and set them up in the most affected states of Maharashtra and Delhi.
Sonu Sood became an unsung hero and helped people and the country we have been witnessing a major crisis. He might have not made many fans on-screen but off-screen he made the entire country his fan, ranging from migrant labourers to multimillionaires in India. Sonu Sood is indeed a hero and is a gem who should be kept safe at all costs.