Bollywood and Kollywood stars pray for Chennai, offer help

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 02, 2015 13:40 IST
Actors Siddharth, STR, Trisha Krishnan and Bollywood actors Sonakshi Sinha, Rahul Dev and Anil Kapoor tweeted about Chennai rains. (Twitter)

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.

The no-nonsense actor has practical advice to offer too, asking people who can’t help, to stay indoors and not block bridges.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sonakshi Sinha, who made her Tamil debut with Lingaa, too expressed her concern for the people of the city.

Quantico actor Priyanka Chopra tweeted saying: Oh beautiful Chennai, my heart aches for you. She also ‘RTed’ helpline numbers.

Actor Anil Kapoor too spoke about how a calamity brings out the best in us.

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