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Sonu in Mumbai
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Sonu in Mumbai

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Sonu in Mumbai

Sonu Sood has a reputation for being really good at being really bad. In the movies that is. Covid-19 has turned his image upside down.

Scroll down to take train journeys through Punjab with a young Sonu and experience what it feels like to be a real-life hero (warning: not as rosy as the films make it out to be!). 

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Goodness

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"My dad had a showroom in Punjab, it was called Bombay cloth house. Every week he used to have a langar ceremony where we would distribute food.

My mother, being a professor, she would wake up at 4 am every morning and would teach for free until she had to leave for work at 9 am.

She always used to tell me: 'You are successful only if you are able to help someone. If you don’t help someone you are not a successful person.'"
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A way home

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"The kind of faith they had put in me was a huge responsibility on my shoulders.

Once I would get home, I would be on my social media making sure I hadn’t missed a message from someone trying to get in touch with me, sitting under a fly-over somewhere or a bridge or on the road.

And if I missed that message, every minute he would be checking his timeline: “Ok, did Sonu respond? Did I get a message from him?”

So, it’s really a never-ending job until the last migrant reaches home."
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"All these years, we just thought social media was about uploading a picture of the newest T-shirt you bought, your holiday pictures or letting people know exactly what you’re up to.

But these last few months have shown me that there is no better way to connect to people who need your help.

There are thousands, if not lakhs of migrants who created Twitter accounts to get in touch with me. Social media was the only means by which I could connect with them."
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Real life hero





Sonu as a child. Perhaps dreaming of becoming a Bollywood hero?

In recent months, he has been called a real-life hero a lot in the press.

But is it really as glamorous as the films make it out to be?
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Success

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Photograph: Sonu and his father.

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"Once this whole thing ends, it’s going to be a better world. You’ll have better people, you’ll have people who are willing to help others. You’ll have stronger people, mentally stronger.

You’ll have stronger bonds between children and parents and grandparents.

Everything is going to be different. So we have to make sure to stay positive and very, very strong when we speak to our friends.

We have to spread a message of goodness."

Photograph: Sonu's mother, his guardian angel.




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  • Contributor: Mr. Sonu Sood
    Directed by: Julia Alcamo and Kajri Babbar
    Illustration by: Ewa Ferdynus

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