The world is currently going through the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in a worldwide lockdown. Everyday life has come to a standstill as many jobs are being stalled due to the lockdown. This has affected daily wage workers, who are finding it difficult to cope up with their expenses in such trying times.
With the Bollywood industry also hampered, cine workers and background dancers are left with no source of income. In such a scenario, actress Katrina Kaif has come to the rescue of 100 background dancers and transferred money straight to their bank accounts.
What’s interesting is that some dancers have used the money as the principal amount to start small businesses like selling vegetables, eggs & snacks counters on the roadside, and tiffin service. Raj Surani of Octopus Entertainment who has been motivating the dancers to become self-reliant in these trying times said that he is grateful to Katrina Kaif who has come forward to help the dancers. He said, “The dancers have utilized the money transferred by Katrina to start small businesses like tiffin services, beauty services and selling homemade chocolates.”
Surani further says, “Dancers are really motivated to become self-reliant. Dancers will be the last ones to get back on the sets. The last five months have been tough on them as they are daily wagers with no other source of earning. Thanks to actors like Katrina Kaif, dancers are taking up alternate professions to survive during this corona crisis. There are some who work in call centers, whereas others have started jobs like setting up gym equipment at client’s homes/gyms, selling groceries and trading business. We would like more actors and film industry personalities to come forward and help them.''
Meanwhile, on the work front, Katrina Kaif recently announced her new project alongside Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi. Directed by Gurmeet Singh and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment, the film is titled ‘Phone Booth.’