The coronavirus pandemic has brought along with it a few major setbacks for the Marathi film industry. It has put restrictions on the shoot, halted production of new projects, and created large scale unemployment in the industry. Many of the artists are struggling to work their way out of this crisis. Amidst the chaos, artists are seeing a ray of hope in the form of Vikram Gokhale who has stepped forward to help the needy. The veteran actor has extended support to the Akhil Bharatiya Chitrapat Mahamandal by donating a plot to the organisation working for the artists affected by the pandemic. His noble gesture was appreciated by many but the first person to take note of it was Prasad Oak who praised him publicly on Instagram.
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Prasad uploaded a picture of Vikram and penned a heartfelt post as a tribute to the veteran actor. He confessed in the caption that he has always admired Vikaram and considered the legend as his God. Prasad further wrote that he is in awe of the actor’s sense of responsibility. He saluted the efforts of ‘Gokhale Kaka’ for helping the needy. For those who are unaware, Vikram had recently announced that he would be giving away his land worth Rs. 2.5 crore to the Akhil Bharatiya Chitrapat Mahamandal. The actor had made this donation considering the condition of artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The land is said to be used to build a shelter for the senior artists of the industry. The veteran actor has also urged everyone in the industry to join the cause.
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"विक्रम गोखले" हे माझे "देव" आहेत असं मी कायम म्हणतो. आज त्यांचं देवत्व पुन्हा एकदा सिद्ध झालं. त्यांच्या मालकीच्या जागेतली 2 एकर जागा त्यांनी 'अखिल भारतीय मराठी चित्रपट महामंडळ', 'नाट्यपरिषद', आणि CINTAA या संस्थांना देऊ केली आहे. ( दान या शब्दाचा त्यांनाच खूप राग आहे ). पण या क्रियेमागची भावना ही "जबाबदारी"ची आहे हे सगळ्यात महत्त्वाचं. ज्या लोकांसोबत मी इतकी वर्षे काम केलं..ज्यांच्यामुळे मी जगलो..त्यांच्यासाठी काहीतरी ठोस करणं ही माझी "जबाबदारी" आहे, "कर्तव्य" आहे असं ते म्हणाले. त्यांच्या अभिनयाच्या वारशा सोबत ही जबाबदारीची जाणीव सुद्धा आमच्यात रुजावी.. त्यांच्याइतकं काम करण्याची ताकद आमच्यात यावी.. आणि कमावल्यानंतर तितकंच देण्याची त्यांच्यातली ही दानत आमच्यातही यावी हीच त्या नटराजाच्या चरणी प्रार्थना…!!! विक्रम काका… तुला सलाम…!!!
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