Bhubaneswar, May 17: Hello! Are you Russy Patnaik speaking? But, before the actor-turned social activist could respond to the distress call, people from the other end always try to list out numerous issues before the popular actor of the Odia Television industry.
Yes! Unlike Sonu Sood of Bollywood and Sabyasachi Mishra of Ollywood, Russy Patnaik of Odia television industry might not be a mega star activist during the COVID-19 pandemic, but he has started a one-man helpline service to people from in and around Bhubaneswar and those are coming to Bhubaneswar for the Corona treatment. So far he had helped more than 300 families in the process.
“Last year during the COVID pandemic people were requesting for passes to go home, to get food and money, but his year the situation is worsening. People are now calling for ambulances, hospitalization, doctors’ consultation and Oxygen. My phone remains open 24X7 all days in a week and I help all from individuals, institutions and government agencies,’’ says Russy Patnaik, a leading TV actor and social worker.
Interestingly Russy gets calls not only from people suffering from the Pandemic, but from the COVID Hospitals and he feels that his active public relations and people contact of over 40 years have helped him a lot as the people he is referring to are availing the facility and fighting COVID.
Russy helps all and he never discriminates as he has helped Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra, kin of Padma Shri and veteran hockey star Dillip Tirkey, several politicians, advocates, professors, corporate employees, doctors, artists, teachers, kin of actors, actresses and even the drivers of the actors’ vehicles.
“I am thankful to Lord Jagannath in helping me so that people keep so much faith in me and I am able to help them in the difficult times through the help of the civic authorities and other departments of the Odisha Government. We never know how many days are there in our accounts. My philosophy is to help all till our last breath,’’ summarizes the actor on how and why extends helping hands to all.
Russy’s phone rings at add hours after midnight, but as he is on a 24X7 alert he answers all and the list of people calling extends to almost all districts of the state as he gets calls from the outskirt’s areas of the State Capital like Jatni and Khurda and faraway locations i.e. Sunabeda, Koraput, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Sundargarh, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Sambalpur and even from Srikshetra Puri. “I try my best to help all and in this matter God’s grace and my public relations with people and institutions work and they avail the facilities. It gives me immense pleasure,’’ he adds.
Not only for shifting of patients to hospitals or getting them medicines through the rapid response teams (RRTs) of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Russy also gets requests to help in conducting cremation and he helps the families as they are in a great shock with the sudden demise of their loved ones.
Apart from helping people suffering from COVID-19, but the actor-turned social worker is also active on social media in spreading awareness on how to fight Corona with adequate safety measures, social distancing and also taking preventive care. He is also ready to help Police, Scouts and Guides, NSS, Red Cross and Community Radio stations to spread the awareness. Russy Patnaik is always available on his number – 9337052706 for any kind of help.