The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the entire country and the world to shut down. While it is necessary that we all stay at home to help fight the virus, this lockdown is proving detrimental to a lot of businesses and daily wage workers. In the entertainment industry, movie halls are quite badly affected. To help the situation a little, actor Akshay Kumar has come forward to extend financial support to the Gaiety Galaxy theatre owners.
The Khiladi Kumar has already made a generous contribution of Rs. 25 crores to the PM-Cares Fund to help the government fight the pandemic. Now, according to a report in Mid-Day, Akshay has reached out to the owners of the iconic Gaiety Galaxy theatre, who are facing problems owing to the shutting of the cinema halls.
Three days ago, I got a call from Akshayji. He offered to provide financial assistance if the scenario continues. It was kind of him to offer help, but we should find a way to sustain ourselves. We have managed to collect enough funds to pay the salaries for this month, but the theatre shutdown will have long-term ramifications. Our focus is to ensure we don’t trim staff or resort to pay cuts.
He also added that he, along with his partner Arun Nair are trying to figure out a plan for their finances where they don’t have to seek support from the industry folks.
It surely was a very kind gesture from Akshay’s end, and we hope the theatre owners recover from this issue and come back to business stronger!