Vivek Oberoi took to his social media handle to praise producer Aditya Chopra’s efforts for the people affected by the second wave of COVID-19. The actor took to Twitter and penned a short note of appreciation. Vivek wrote, “Hats off to #AdityaChopra for turning the budget of the incredible milestone of #YRF50 into a source of helping the people in need. Truly a leader, not just in the film fraternity but now also in humanity.”
In the year 2020, India’s biggest production house Yash Raj Films completed 50 years. Aditya had grand plans to celebrate the milestone globally. He had also earmarked a big budget for these celebrations. However, with the onset of Covid-19’s second wave creating turmoil across the country and shutting down the industry again, the director-producer decided to divert the entire YRF 50 celebration budget towards the aid of the industry and its daily wage earners. This decision of Aditya Chopra to invest the celebration budget in this noble cause is indeed praiseworthy.
The producer has also been reportedly sponsoring COVID-19 vaccines for 30,000 registered workers of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE). It was earlier reported that Yash Raj Films has made an official request to the President of FWICE and Maharashtra Chief Minister to authorize YRF to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for the members of the federation in Mumbai. The Yash Chopra Foundation agreed to bear all other costs associated with vaccinating the workers such as raising awareness, transportation of workers and other required infrastructure for the immunization activities.
Aditya has also launched the Yash Chopra Saathi Initiative last week, aimed at providing financial support to thousands of film industry workers. As part of the initiative, the Yash Raj Foundation would oversee direct benefit transfers of ₹5000 to women and senior citizens in the industry as well as distribute ration kits to workers for a family of four for one month through the NGO Youth Feed India.