As the country is struggling to contain the Coronavirus, many actors and celebrities have been supporting frontline workers, including the Mumbai Police. In a heartwarming gesture, actor Ashok Saraf and his actress wife Nivedita Joshi-Saraf sent 175-180 plates of delicious aamras-puri for policemen on duty at the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai on 19 May, revealed senior police inspector Dayanand Bangar to Mumbai Mirror.
Ashok Saraf, who stays in the nearby Lokhandwala Complex, which is in the jurisdiction of Oshiwara police station, told Mumbai Mirror, "We've always respected policemen but now it has doubled after seeing them work in such tough conditions. Now that mango season is here, we decided to give them a meal of aamras and puri with the help of a local caterer." The actor also shared this message through a video with his wife.
A few constables admitted that they have not been able to enjoy mangoes due to the lockdown. They described the meal as tasty!
Bollywood celebrities who helped Mumbai Police are - Akshay Kumar (donated Rs 2 crore to the Mumbai Police Foundation and is donating 1000 wrist bands to help early detection of the Coronavirus), Hrithik Roshan (delivered a package of hand sanitisers to police personnel on duty), Farhan Aktar (contributed 1000 PPE kits) and Rohit Shetty (arranged space in eight hotels across the city for on-duty policemen to rest and have meals).
Also, the Producers Guild of India, through its initiative Mission Suraksha, donated fully-equipped tents and Bollywood stars' vanity vans to police officers on duty, during the Coronavirus pandemic.