Mumbai: Bollywood director Rohit Shetty has facilitated eight hotels for officers of the Mumbai Police, who are working during the coronavirus pandemic. The cops will also be served breakfast and dinner at these hotels.
“#RohitShetty has facilitated eight hotels across the city for our on-duty #CovidWarriors to rest, shower & change with arrangements for breakfast & dinner. “We thank him for this kind gesture and for helping us in #TakingOnCorona and keeping Mumbai safe,” read the tweet from Mumbai Police.
Rohit Shetty had previously donated Rs 51 lakh to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) in order to support the daily wage workers from the film industry in the wake of the national lockdown. Before Shetty, his Simmba star Sonu Sood had offered his hotel in the city for the healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses and the paramedical staff, for stay.
Rohit has a long-standing relationship with the police and has made a number of cop dramas, including Singham, Singham Returns, Simmba and the yet-to-be-released Sooryavanshi. In an Instagram post earlier this year, he joked, “Sometimes I get confused whether I work for The Hindi Film Industry or The Police.”
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri had also offered their 4-storey personal office space for treating COVID-19 patients. According to Union Health Ministry, COVID-19 death toll has risen to 590 in the country as the number of cases climb to 18,601.
Last month, at the trailer launch of Sooryavanshi, Rohit said that he received a lot of help from the police. “There are a lot of real life cops, with whom we have researched. Now this (franchise) has become a brand of cops. We just have to tell them we want to make a film and everything is done for us,” he said.
Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar in the titular role and featuring cameo appearances by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh, was set to hit the theatres last month. However, its release has been indefinitely postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.
Meanwhile, Rohit has also extended his support to the daily wage workers of the film and television industries, whose livelihoods have taken a hit due to the lockdown.