Gurmeet Choudhary Opens Up On His Philanthropic Work Amidst Coronavirus Crisis; 'The Sound of A Boy Pleading For Oxygen To Save His Mother Haunts Me' - EXCLUSIVE

Actor Gurmeet Choudhary shares why he took up the pledge to help needy amidst Coronavirus crisis

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Gurmeet Choudhary Opens Up On His Philanthropic Work Amidst Coronavirus Crisis; 'The Sound of A Boy Pleading For Oxygen To Save His Mother Haunts Me' - EXCLUSIVE
Gurmeet Choudhary who once played Rama on television has turned savior for many distressed Covid-19 victims who have started reaching to him for help, en masse. The  turning point was a call from a young man in Delhi. “He was  pleading that his  mother’s oxygen level had gone down to 40. He wanted my help. I personally called up every hospital in Delhi. Finally, a doctor came on the  line. I introduced myself as Gurmeet Choudhary a Bollywood actor. He recognised me and said he wished he could help. But there was no bed no oxygen. And from where he was  sitting he could see a sea of people trying to get into the hospital. We couldn’t save  the lady. But her son’s plea continues to haunt me.”

Gurmeet feels he has been wasting his time. “Everything that I’ve done as an actor only seems to matter in the light of the fact that now when the nation is in the clutches of the worst crisis,  my name helps open doors for the needy. Believe me, the satisfaction of that, ‘Thank you,’ or that smile of gratitude when you save someone’s life is not comparable with any feeling in the world.”
 
Gurmeet feels he is a soldier at war with an unknown enemy. “This is  a war we are fighting. My grandfather and father were  soldiers in the army. And now I feel I’ve done them proud by  becoming a soldier in this war with a virus that we must defeat. I remember  my father  telling us  how  people ran after the train with food packets when soldiers passed through Jammu  and  other areas. Today I feel  like that soldier in the train. I am waiting for  people to  join me . Because my team and I can’t do this  alone.”

He urges people to come forward to join him. “My team and I are on the phone 24x7. We  are doing everything we can. In Nagpur which is strategic to both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, I rang up a school’s authorities asking them to  lend us the school to turn into a makeshift  hospital. They agreed and we are already using the  premise as a hospital. We need more help from every quarter. Now is the time for all of us to forget our differences,  for politicians to stop thinking of their own interest, for  pharmaceutical  companies  to stop making money out of  vaccines, and  become  one  country fighting  the  virus.”

Gurmeet wants to build a large hospital in Patna.  “I am from Bihar and the medical facilities in  the State leave much to be  desired. I do want to  build  a  hospital  in  Patna with facilities  for all  kinds of  emergencies.  Right now we are fighting Covid. But what if tomorrow there is another virus  just as deadly as this? We have to think of  the future. We can’t be so  ill-prepared  for future  eventualities. My dream is to  build  hospitals in places where people  do  not have  access  to good medical facilities.”

He admits his inspiration is Sonu Sood. “When  I saw the work Sonu Bhai is doing  to help the needy, I thought, why not me? I have the infrastructure. I have a name. Why not use it to help people  at a time when they  need  the most help? I know I am just one of  the many names in the entertainment business doing this. I am hoping others will come forward. If we don’t use our name and clout now to help , then when?”

Image source: Instagram/guruchoudhary
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