Gloom has rightly settled all around the country. Be it Twitter or other social media platforms, everywhere, you are seeing people being in dire need of hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, plasma, and other health care facilities.
The so-called second wave of the lethal Covid-19 pandemic has taken India by a storm and has threatened to shake the entire foundations on which the country's health care sector is based on.
On Monday (April 19), as per the health ministry, India reported 2,73,810 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest one-day surge so far in the country.
With common people already struggling to lift the deadly weight of the pandemic which has taken the country's Covid caseload past the 1.5 crore mark, we are also seeing some renowned celebrities come up in the news undergoing treatment for the disease.
Amongst one of these is Bollywood guitarist Ankur Mukherjee, who suffered a Covid-induced brain stroke and has been in the ICU from April 16 in an induced coma.
The 47-year-old musician is known for his work in films like Border, Dev D, Omkara, Parineeta, Piya Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Raajneeti, Lootera, Barfi, Andhadhun, and Gulabo Sitabo.
According to reports, Ankur requires a prolonged medical treatment for which there has been a need for financial support.
His sister Paroma, who has been raising funds for the medical treatment, has started a fundraiser through which she helps to raise Rs 70,00,000.
Following the report of the fundraising, some leading members of the Indian film industry, as well as the music industry, have come in support of Ankur and Paroma.
Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali along with music maestros Amaal Malik, Armaan Malik, and others, have come together to raise funds for Ankur's treatment.
The Jab We Met director took to Instagram to share a picture of Ankur in his element and requested people to help the musician.
"My friend Ankur, perhaps the best sessions guitarist I’ve worked with, is in the ICU now due to a ‘Covid induced Brain Stroke’. Paroma.mukherjee has started a fundraiser for this urgent requirement. pl go to the story and swipe up or click the link on my profile to donate and spread the word for this guy who is as pure as his smile." Imtiaz wrote on Instagram.View this post on Instagram
The link to the fundraiser was also shared by the talented music brother duo of Amaal and Armaan Malik, who further requested the Indian music industry to offer support to Ankur.
Amaal even asked composers to clear any past dues belonging to Ankur in case there were any.
We all hope that Paroma gets all the finances that are needed for Ankur's treatment and the musician recovers soon.