Actor Sonu Sood, who reworked from a reel-to-real hero for hundreds of migrants as he helped them attain house throughout the lockdown and even discover jobs by his charitable initiatives, says his memoir “I Am No Messiah” is his way of chronicling the experiences of the lots when life got here to a standstill courtesy the coronavirus pandemic. Sood was catapulted to nationwide fame as he got here ahead to assist stranded and jobless migrants throughout the over two month-long lockdown from March 25, 2020 as the nation’s poor poured out of cities and took to highways to succeed in their house, typically masking the journey of thousand miles on foot.
Moved by their plight, Sood and his crew launched an initiative to assist these staff in Mumbai and totally different elements of the nation. He additionally launched Pravasi Rojgar app for job seekers and launched e-rickshaws to the underprivileged.
Looking again, the “Dabangg” star stated, his interactions with the folks modified the way he checked out life and impressed the memoir, which he has penned with Meena Ok Iyer.
“It (lockdown) changed my outlook towards life. I will always remember 2020 as a year when we all tried to be the best versions of ourselves. It (memoir) was my way of capturing those moments for posterity. The memoir is extremely special. Right from the time when I began penning down my experiences to the time when it released a while back, every moment has been special,” Sood instructed PTI in an interview.
Published by Penguin Random House India, “I Am No Messiah” recounts the emotional and sometimes difficult journeys the 47-year-old actor undertook together with the folks he helped.
According to the actor’s crew, Sood has helped round one lakh folks from Mumbai, Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and different states to succeed in their houses, apart from offering help to these needing medical assist and employment.
The actor, who has beforehand performed villain in movies equivalent to “Dabangg”, “Simmba”, “R…Rajkumar” and “Arundhati”, feels overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and being known as a superhero and messiah.
“I truly believe that I am no messiah. My parents have always taught me the importance of helping others and I was simply following their advice,” he stated, including, he zeroed in on the title of ‘no messiah’ for his e-book to reiterate the level.
Reflecting on the 12 months passed by that noticed the pandemic have an effect on folks from all walks of life, Sood stated the poor suffered the most.
“So many migrant labourers had to take to the streets because they had no other way of reaching their homes. Children belonging to underprivileged families in rural areas do not have any access to education currently because they don’t own smartphones. I believe it is our duty to extend a helping hand to those in need in any way possible.”
Sood, who got here to Mumbai from Moga, Punjab in the late Nineties, stated he’ll proceed to assist folks as a lot as he potential.
“My parents have always told me that with success and privilege comes responsibility. I am always going to remember their words. The year was a reality check for us. It taught us to put others before us and to keep our families closer to us than ever. Going ahead, I hope we continue to be kind and compassionate beings.”
While Sood was praised for his charitable endeavours, he additionally had many detractors doubting his motivations. The actor, nonetheless, stated the love he acquired overshadowed the hate and trolling.
“The power of love is very strong. No kind of negativity has bogged me down,” he stated.
In 2021, the actor has a busy movie slate to sit up for in “Prithviraj”, the place he’ll star alongside Akshay Kumar and former Miss World Manushi Chhillar.
In south, he has two Telugu motion pictures arising – “Acharya” with veteran star Chiranjeevi and romantic-comedy “Alludu Adhurs”.