Actor Sonu Sood, who had helped the flood victims of the Cyclone Yaas affected residents of the Sundarbans, has been included in a Durga Puja pandal of Kolkata’s Kestopur Prafulla Kanan Durga Puja Committee, which has devoted this 12 months’s pandal theme to the flood victims. Sunderban village space is dominated by fishermen’s inhabitants and this 12 months it was ravaged by Cyclone Yaas, fully destroying one entire village.
The actor took to Instagram and shared a video with a heartfelt message, “Happy Navratri. I remember visiting Durga Pooja pandals in my college days. Waiting for hours in long queues. Today I feel humbled to see myself for the 2nd consecutive year in a Durga Pooja Pandal in Kolkata. Wish I could visit with my parents if they were still around. Miss them more today. Thank you @kestopurprafulla for such a big honour.”
For the pandal, the Kestopur Prafulla Kanan Puja Committee made statues of the fishermen carrying the fishnets with them. Furthermore, a life-sized statue has been devoted to Sonu Sood for serving to the flood victims.
Expressing his gratitude, Sonu shared, “I feel really overwhelmed, honoured, and humbled to receive so much love! I remember, even last year, they had made Pandals, but this time it is on a much larger scale. When people click selfies in these Pandals and tag me on social media, it makes me feel that Durga Maa has guided me in the right direction of helping people.”
He additional expressed his thankfulness to his dad and mom for educating him to “live for others”.
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“It has been two years, and the journey still continues. I have been able to save thousands of lives and reach many souls in these two years. I want to thank Almighty and my parents, who gave me important life lessons and how important it is to live for others and believe in giving. So today, when I witness so much love, I thank God and all those people who made it possible,” he added.
Sonu has earned an enormous fan base for his philanthropic work amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.
-With ANI inputs