Amitabh Bachchan arranges four special flights to help migrants reach UP from Mumbai

Sneha Shah | Jun 11, 2020 15:59

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan gives a shoutout to short film 'Season's Greetings: A tribute to Rituparno Ghosh' with Nation Next as the media partner.
Amitabh Bachchan

Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, on June 10, arranged four special flights to help around 700 migrants to reach their homes in Uttar Pradesh from Mumbai. As per reports, two more flights are scheduled to fly today (June 11).

The four flights were arranged on Bachchan’s instructions by his close aide Rajesh Yadav, who is the managing director of Bachchan’s production company AB Corp. Ltd. Bachchan had also planned to book trains for the labourers but the logistics did not work out.

The four flights took off during the morning hours of June 10 from Mumbai for Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh with around 180 passengers boarding each flight.

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On the actor’s behalf, Yadav earlier had also booked 10 buses for 300 migrants to reach their villages in Lucknow, Allahabad, Bhadohi and other districts in UP. The initiative was partnered with a dargah in Mahim and the Haji Ali.

Many migrant labourers expressed their gratitude towarda Bachchan for the ride back home. Ghulam Hassan, a native of Korawan village, thanked Bachchan saying, “I had never travelled in a plane before this but Bachchan sahib made it possible for me and that too at a time when I was badly stuck in Mumbai amid lockdown. I’m returning home after eight months.”