news Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 05:30
  Remember that old lady in Vikram’s 2003 blockbuster Dhool? It was her energetic, never-heard-before rendition of the likes of ‘Madurai Veeran (singam polai)’ that added more vigour to stunt scenes, transforming run-of-the-mill fighting sequences to fun-filled entertainers. Dhool was her first silver-screen appearance, and it was a roaring success. She would soon get offers for similar roles in other movies and also opportunities to regale her audiences on TV. But all that is long gone. She is a poor and weak woman today, having to look after a disabled son and two grandchildren all by herself. After a Tamil magazine reported on her condition it came to light to that the 75-year old is suffering in near-penury in Madurai. A Twitter user, @itisprashanth, also brought this to the attention of actors Sarath Kumar and Vishal. Vishal responded stating that he has spoken to her and that she will now be taken care of.     Film journalist Latha Srinivasan has also taken up her cause. On her Facebook page, Latha says that Muniamma’s daughter-in-law, who was a pillar of support for her, also passed away recently. “Paravai Muniamma is struggling in Madurai to get two square meals a day. She lives in a dilapidated house that is divided into parts - the front portion has been given out by her on rent so they can make some money for food. She somehow manages to get some food items from the ration shops for her daily sustenance,” she says. Latha is now asking all her friends, family and social media followers to pitch-in with financial support and help Paravai Muniamma. In a matter of few hours, Latha has already collected more than Rs 50,000, although that is far from what would be enough to help change Muniamma’s life. “ I have 55000 followers on twitter - I tweet on films most of the time and people enjoy the gossip and the masala. But are they willing to share and open their wallets when it comes to someone who is dire poverty and need in the film fraternity? Is the so-called audience willing to shell out the cost of a movie ticket - Rs 120 - as a donation to help improve someone's life? If each of those 55000 followers donated just Rs 100  that would amount to large sum that will help Paravai Muniama,” writes Latha. If you wish to, you can send donations for Paravai Muniamma to Latha Srinivasan, HDFC IFSC Code HDFC0000493 / ac no 04931130000366.  
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