All sections of the film industry have come forward to help ailing actor AK Hangal.
Cine And TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) has already received cheques running into lakhs of rupees.
Dharmesh Tiwari, general secretary of the association, said, “It’s sad but when someone offered Hangal saab and his son Vijay help, they spoke about it to the media. But we have been helping him consistently for the last few years about which he did not mention a word. No one contributes or donates to CINTAA. We shell out from our pockets to help artistes.”
The association is expected to meet over the next two days to decide the next amount they would be giving Hangal.
“I can’t disclose that [the amount] because I may have a figure in mind but there are other members on board too. Without their consent, I can’t arrive at a figure.”
The association, according to Tiwari, has paid Hangal and his 75-year-old son Rs 25,000 twice, and Rs 50,000 once in the past two years.
“There is paperwork required as we have to produce the documents to the auditors. Hangal saab still has to write to us, but we have helped him with whatever funds we had. And he is not the only artiste we support. We support widows of artistes who have passed away and those who are not so popular.”
The veteran actor is remembered for his role as 'Rahim Chacha' in Sholay and his memorable roles in films such as Shaukeen, Lagaan, and many more.