The new strain of the coronavirus has literally brought the nation on its knees. The whole medical system is on the verge of a collapse and people are desperate to save loved-ones who are affected and in serious condition. Tollywood megastar Chiranjeevi has announced a free vaccination drive on behalf of the Corona Crisis Charity (CCC) for all actors and journalists working in the Telugu film industry. It will start from April 22, 2021. Apollo Hospitals has partnered with the charity for the drive. As we know, his daughter-in-law Upasana Kamineni belongs to the Reddy family who set up the Apollo chain of hospitals. The charity also assists juniors artistes whose livelihood suffered during the lockdown of 2020.
It seems people need to register themselves via their unions. Everyone who is above 45 is eligible. It is also applicable to spouses who are over the age of 45. He has been appealing to people to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the deadly virus. Under the initiative, people will also get 24/7 consultation from the doctors from Apollo. There are plans to give medicines at subsidised rates to people. While the state of Maharashtra has announced lockdown till May 1, 2021 the Telangana Government has a more relaxed curfew. Theatres are also running only till 8 pm. Vakeel Saab which released of late has been a huge success at the ticket windows. People have been forced to postpone films like Acharya, Love Story and Virata Parvam.
Shoots are happening at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. But they are working with smaller crews. People have gone from Mumbai to Hyderabad to shoot for projects.
Maharashtra and Kerala are two of the worst affected states. Last year, celebs like Chiranjeevi, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, Prabhas announced huge donations when the pandemic broke out. This is indeed a laudable move by Chiranjeevi who will be seen next in Acharya.
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