New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Actor Sonu Sood has emerged as a hero for the migrant worker amid the coronavirus crisis in the country. The actor has arranged transport, provided them food amid the lockdown, leaving no stone unturned to help the stranded labourers.

However, the 46-year-old actor was recently stopped meeting the very people whom he has been helping from more than a month. Sood on Monday night was stopped at Bandra Terminus in Mumbai and was asked to leave after a short conversation.   

Nirmal Nagar police station's senior inspector Shashikant Bhandare said, "The actor was stopped by the Railway Protection Force (RPF), not by us. He wanted to meet labourers who were going to their native place. We have not received any complaint regarding this till now."

The migrants were supposed to leave in Shramik special trains for their hometowns.

Recently, his efforts were also questioned by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut who alleged that the actor had a political motive. “Sood is an actor whose profession is to deliver dialogues scripted by someone else and make a living out of it. There are many people like Sood who would promote any political party if paid well,” Raut wrote in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.

Referring to the actor’s help to migrants, Raut wondered if the sudden generosity of “Mahatma” Sood in Mumbai was at BJP’s behest and said that he would “soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and become the celebrity manager of Mumbai.”

In reaction to this, BJP leader Ram Kadam criticised Sanjay Raut for attacking Sood for helping out stranded migrant workers during COVID crisis said, “he’s doing their work”.

The attempt to give Sonu Sood’s work a political angle has been condemned by many of his fans on social media. However, none of this has affected the actor’s efforts to help migrant workers.

Despite the verbal attacks, Sonu Sood on Sunday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray at Matoshree. The actor is said to have apprised the Chief Minister of his work.

Sonu Sood has earned immense praise for providing help to stranded migrant workers during the COVID-19 lockdown. He has also launched a helpline number for migrants and has helped hundreds of them return to their native places in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Karnataka.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma