Rain-battered Chennai is struggling to stay afloat with Mother Nature unleashing her fury on the city but a bevy of Bollywood and Kollywood actors have stepped up, tweeting and ‘RTing’ to express their solidarity with the beleaguered city. As unprecedented rains pound Tamil Nadu capital, actors, directors and other film folks have been tweeting relentlessly to help the needy.
A cursory scan at the Twitter pages reveals ‘act now, pray later’ seems to be the motto for our favourite stars from Kollywood. Actor Siddharth, popular for his roles in films such as Jigarthanda (Tamil) and Rang De Basanti (Hindi) certainly lives up to his reputation. The actor has been tweeting about food packets distribution for those stranded in waterlogged areas and road diversions to avoid flooded parts of the city.
If you can organise food packets in chennai please contact me. We will have it picked up and delivered. Batches of 50-100 packets. #TNflood— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 2, 2015
Please send tweets to @rj_balaji & me. We are trying to contact groups to spread information for stranded people. Every message/call counts.— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 1, 2015
It's official. We're now a disaster zone!Army deployed. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME. it's going to get MUCH WORSE! God show mercy on us. #TNflood— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 1, 2015
The no-nonsense actor has practical advice to offer too, asking people who can’t help, to stay indoors and not block bridges.
If you are not part of relief work please stay indoors. People crowding bridges to see flood sights are a nuisance. Stay home. #TNflood— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 2, 2015
Actor Silambarasan, popularly called STR, not only tweeted about the fury of nature and how the city needed to stay calm and strong, but was also seen ‘RTing’ posts by common folk on the national media’s lack of enthusiasm in covering the Chennai deluge. He also ‘RTed’ helpline numbers.
Popular actor Hansika Motwani ‘RTed’ many of her fan and co-star posts on waking up to the Chennai rains.
Woke up thinking of the families affected by the rains in Chennai.Hoping & praying for the affected people & their families. #ChennaiFloods— Raj Nayak (@rajcheerfull) December 2, 2015
Model and actor Rahul Dev who has made a career down south playing villain roles, was seen tweeting with tremendous energy, talking about the civilian and Indian Navy helpline numbers.
Top-billed actor Trisha Krishnan showered her love and concern on her beloved Chennai with a tweet. She also spread the word on food packets and how the city was rising up to the occasion and opening its doors to strangers with food, shelter and support.
My heart is breaking 💔 Pray for Chennai— Trisha Krishnan (@trishtrashers) December 1, 2015
Former actor and Congress party spokesperson Khushboo has been tweeting since morning about helpline numbers, pictures of rain-flooding by commoners and asking people not to block bridges and cause nuisance.
Friends stranded around tnagar,1000 lights n any nearby areas can take shelter at #KAMARAJARARANGAM..the gates are open to help the needy..— khushbusundar (@khushsundar) December 2, 2015
Nobody is asking wat d caste/religion/community in such trying times..ppl r proving humanity is d biggest n only religion 2 unite us 4ever..— khushbusundar (@khushsundar) December 2, 2015
Bollywood bigwigs too have tweeted to express their solidarity with the people of Chennai. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted early to throw his weight behind the city’s folks.
T 2077 - Chennai deluged .. !! Prayers for safety and calm soon .. So heartwarming to see immense voluntary help coming by !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 1, 2015
Sonakshi Sinha, who made her Tamil debut with Lingaa, too expressed her concern for the people of the city.
Praying for all affected in the #ChennaiFloods... Hope all gets ok soon!— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) December 2, 2015
Quantico actor Priyanka Chopra tweeted saying: Oh beautiful Chennai, my heart aches for you. She also ‘RTed’ helpline numbers.
Oh beautiful chennai.. My heart aches for u.. Prayers for everyone affected.. I have family there too hope all is ok.. @vimmi2356— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) December 2, 2015
Actor Anil Kapoor too spoke about how a calamity brings out the best in us.
As #ChennaiFloods continue to wreak havoc, stories of brave folks opening up their homes & hearts to save others offer a sliver of hope!— Jai Singh Rathore (@AnilKapoor) December 2, 2015