Sudiptaa Chakraborty is trying to help COVID and cyclone hit families in her own way. The actress has already donated blood. “This is a very small thing as compared to what others are doing in this hour of crisis. I didn’t get my first dose of vaccination, so I was eligible to donate blood,” said the actress.
Sudiptaa along with her acting academy team also went to the rural cyclone Yaas-affected areas in South 24 Parganas with relief materials for the people in distress.
“My humble request to those who are visiting the Sundarbans area for relief works please reach out to the people trapped in the interior villages and not just the villagers close to the river beds. We have seen how people are living here. It’s horrible. The rural areas have been destroyed completely after the cyclone Yaas,” said Sudiptaa who along with editor Anirban Maity, filmmaker Indrasis Acharya and other NGOs are trying to help these villagers with dry foods and medicine.
Reminiscing about lives lost over the past couple of months, Sudiptaa said, “Every day we wake up to the news of someone’s death. It is becoming unbearable. Swapan Barua, who was a production controller in Tollywood, passed away recently because of COVID. I knew him since 1995 and Swapanda was an extremely soft-spoken man with a smile on his face at all times. I hope we sail through this tough time.”
Meanwhile, Churni Ganguly’s mother Sudipta Banerjee lost her life to COVID-19 last month. She was Sudiptaa Chakraborty’s Geography teacher in Alipore Multipurpose Government Girls School. Remembering her, a heartbroken Sudiptaa added, “I still can’t believe that Sudipta di is no more. I pray that God gives strength to Churnidi to cope with this irreplaceable loss. Sudipta di was not only my Geography teacher but also a mentor. I learned a lot from her. She joined our school when I was in class eight. She used to speak impeccable English and her diction was brilliant.