On her part, Rakul, like many of her colleagues, has been using social media as a tool to reach out to those in need. She shares, “Last year, I had supported a slum comprising 600 families in Gurugram. This time around, I am focusing on spreading awareness and arranging for help. When we started raising funds, the primary concern was to address the need of the hour, which is procuring oxygen cylinders and ventilators. Our first priority is to save human lives. The remaining money will be used to help families, who have lost their breadwinners and children, who have lost their parents. However, I am far from satisfied; I have this constant fight within me that I can do more.”
The actress says that the second wave has reaffirmed the life lessons learnt during the first one. “When the first lockdown happened, we all went into an introspection mode. But eventually, when the lockdown was lifted, normal life resumed and we almost forgot the formidable enemy out there. The second wave has reaffirmed that life is not a race. It’s important to celebrate every moment, and value your loved ones because life is so uncertain and unpredictable. What are we racing ahead for? This calamity has put things into perspective for me — work is worship, but it’s also crucial to strike a balance,” she signs off.