BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Kesari actor Akshay Kumar has a heart of gold. After donating a whooping Rs. 25 crore to PM-CARES Fund to help with coronavirus relief efforts and Rs. 3 crore to Mumbai municipal corporation for buying PPE and rapid-testing kits, he has now extended his helping hand to sustain Mumbai’s iconic theatre Gaiety-Galaxy, which usually sees housefull on weekends during normal circumstances.
Akshay had reportedly called up Manoj Desai, the cinema’s owner and offered financial assistance to help pay the wages of its numerous workers and staffers as the theatre is not making any money owing to the shutdown, reports Mid Day.
“Three days ago, I got a call from Akshay ji. He offered to provide financial assistance if the scenario continues. It was kind of him to offer help, but we should find a way to sustain ourselves. We have managed to collect enough funds to pay the salaries for this month, but the theatre shutdown will have long-term ramifications. Our focus is to ensure we don’t trim staff or resort to pay cuts,” said Desai.
He further added that he was trying to come up with an action plan to sustain the theatre and hopes he doesn’t have to rely on outside help. “I will head to Gaiety and Maratha Mandir today to finalise our plan of action for May. We are reworking our plans to ensure that we don’t have to seek support from the industry folk,” he said.