For weeks now, Nakuul Mehta has been busy around the clock. Besides juggling daddy duties together with his three-month-old son, Sufi, the actor wrote and carried out poems below the initiative #PoemsForHumanity. In trade for folks donating to pick charities, Mehta would additionally write unique poems on any theme of their selection.
He tells us the previous 45 days have been “very tough” on this pandemic. “It started with just seeing so much suffering around, so much pain, anguish and anger. But personally, I’ve been able to turn it around a great deal because of Poems on Democracy last year, which is now being turned into a book. There was no other plan, we’re not poets, we’re writers, actors, filmmakers, storytellers,” he says.
Adding that the hunt was to utilise their social media not simply to amplify, however add worth, the actor continues, “I said to myself, ‘Can I raise money as lots of good people or soldiers are on ground and need ammunition?’. I can’t go on streets and probably volunteer right now, with a very young family.”
Something that began on an impulse has led to a change and the actor reveals that it has turn into greater than simply being private poets for folks. “We’ve raised about four lakh rupees in the last two weeks, and we’ve been writing, narrating poems like never before,” he says.
The initiative took off, and an overwhelmed Mehta admits he wasn’t anticipating so many requests in any respect.
“The thought was to use our art to make it therapy for some people. But, what we didn’t expect was the amount of people who write to us and share intimate details of loss and suffering — someone wrote about losing both parents, someone lost their best friend, someone lost someone due to lung cancer,” the actor shares, confessing that he by no means thought he’d have the ability to reply to mails with a “sense of compassion and understanding”.
Mehta explains, “As important writing and narrating poems has been for us, equally important has been all the mails which people sent to us in great confidence. If words could even do justice to what these people have gone through was also the drive behind this initiative.”