As the lockdown extended from late March to April and then May, desperate, jobless migrants took to the highways for a long, gruelling walk home, sometimes thousands of miles away.
Moved by their plight, Sood, famous for his negative roles on screen, including hits like Dabangg and Simmba, decided to do something beyond just feeding them.
Along with his childhood friend Neeti Goel, he launched the Ghar Bhejo campaign and arranged transport, food, medical and other assistance for some 7.5 lakh stranded migrant workers.
It soon went beyond that: He equipped frontline workers including policemen and paramedics with masks and face shields, airlifted students stranded abroad and helped farmers in distress.
Sonu Sood also launched the Pravasi Rojgar app to help skilled and unskilled workers find jobs, and a platform called ‘Ilaaj India’ which helps thousands of people every month with free medical help.
It’s no wonder then that grateful migrants have put up statues of the real-life hero across the country, and locals of Dubba Tanda village in Siddipet, Telangana have even constructed a temple to honour him.
Sonu Sood is in touch with people across India, who worship the ground he walks on. Sood refuses to let all this adulation go to his head. Because for him, they are all family.