While other socially conscious filmmakers and actors are still talking about how they’d like to help the rain-ravaged victims of Uttarakhand, filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has flown to his unfortunate state for relief work. Speaking from Dehradun, the director said, “The situation here is worse than I imagined. I am from Uttarakhand. When I came to know about the devastation and destruction, I immediately headed home. I had no plan. I just needed to be here with my people.”
No Tweets please
Leaving behind the crucial post-production work on his Bullet Raja, Tigmanshu has launched an all-out fund-raising campaign. He says, “It’s time to act now.
People here in Uttarakhand don’t need sympathetic tweets. They need to rebuild their towns and villages. They need funds. I believe people like Farhan Akhtar have expressed a desire to help. Then there are other kind of celebrities who do it for publicity. I want genuinely concerned people from the entertainment industry to join me in helping Uttarakhand.”
Rahul be gone
This weekend at an international awards function, he plans not to speak about his cinema but to raise awareness among the film fraternity about the urgent financial needs in Uttarakhand. The filmmaker disapproves of high-profile politicians dropping in to do their own thing there. “When Rahul Gandhi visited, everyone forgot the crisis and got busy sucking up to him. I feel all celebrities should stay away right now. Their presence only hampers relief work.”
Show me the money
Tigmanshu says he reached the region with no plan of action. “I just needed to be here. Now that I’ve reached I am trying to rally support both from within and outside the film industry. What we need, and need urgently, is money. We need serious amounts of money to rebuild Uttarakhand.” Tigmanshu feels that Hindi film industry is a good place to get monetary assistance. “A lot of people in our industry want to help at the time of a crisis such as this. But they don’t know how to go about it.”