The coronavirus pandemic hit the world last year, which has also severely affected many small workers in the film and television industry. Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan helped many small workers and one of them was Suchismita Routray, a young Bollywood camera assistant who had also lost her job due to the pandemic.
The young camera assistant should have moved to her hometown of Odisha’s Cuttack, where she started selling momos. Now the 22-year-old camera assistant has opened up about her financial troubles and how the stars have helped her get back to her hometown.
Suchismita Routray, who has worked in the film industry for almost six years, revealed to India Today that she has remained unassisted in Mumbai. She said, “I didn’t have the money to go home. Fortunately, Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan funded our entire crew to return to their respective cities.
Back home, she started selling momos and the recipe she had learned from her roommate in Mumbai. By selling momos, she made 300 to 400 rupees in one day from her stall in Jhanjirimangala in Cuttack. She told the publication, “I had a lot of projects on hand to work with, even though I was about to start a project in Mumbai before the pandemic broke. Later, the situation deteriorated during the pandemic. As a result of the outbreak, as I couldn’t find a new assignment, I had to return to my hometown in February.
Not only Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, but many celebrities like Sonu Sood, Hrithik Roshan and Rohit Shetty had also helped their Bollywood colleagues. Sony has even gone out of its way to help many migrant workers return home on buses, trains and flights.
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