Taapsee Pannu Narrates a Poem About Migrants That Brings Back Haunting Images from Lockdown

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Taapsee Pannu Narrates a Poem About Migrants That Brings Back Haunting Images from Lockdown

Illustration: Arati Gujar

All through the last few months, heartbreaking images of migrant workers and daily wage labourers suffering the worst brunt of the lockdown, have hit timelines.

With uncertainty over when they will gain either unemployment or the opportunity to go back home, a number of Indians were put through a great period of suffering.

A video, shared by actor Taapsee Pannu on Thursday sought to remind the country once again, that for the first six months of 2020, India has had to deal with a lot “more than just a viral infection”.

 

Titled “Pravasi” the video features animated recreations of some of the most gut-wrenching images from the lockdown — including one of a child trying to wake up his dead mother at a train station, and the video of two men fighting over a bag of rice.

The poem in the background, narrated by Pannu, reminds viewers of the horrors people spread out over a large part of the country have had to deal with — even assuming they had managed to avoid contracting the dreaded coronavirus.

The video received a lot of praise online, with some saying it was a reminder of how important the role of art was in our lives.

“This was… heartbreaking” another noted.

TV host Shruti Seth said that the lockdown had been a death sentence for many, and thanked the actor for “being their voice”.

With the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to affect large parts of the country, actors like Taapsee Pannu, Sonu Sood, Swara Bhaskar, and Amitabh Bachchan have been praised for putting the plight of the migrant workers first. Let’s hope the trend catches on and more celebrities use their privilege to highlight the suffering of the most vulnerable sections of our country.

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