New Delhi: South star Jr NTR will turn 37 on May 20. The actor who is currently in isolation after testing Covid-19 positive, took to social media to request his fans not to celebrate his birthday amid the coronavirus crisis. He urged fans to “support each other and extend a helping hand to those in need”
In a statement, titled ‘A Humble Appeal’ NTR said “My dear fans, a big thank you to each and every one of you. I have seen your messages, your videos and your good wishes. Your prayers have kept me going and I am indebted to you all for this love. I am doing very good and I hope to test negative soon (sic).” Explaining the reason behind his request, the Aravinda Sametha actor wrote, “Every year, the affection shown by you on the occasion of my birthday is something I truly cherish. But in these challenging times, the biggest gift you can give me is to stay home and follow lockdown rules (sic).”
He further added, “Our country is at war with Covid-19. Our medical community and frontline workers are waging a selfless and tireless war. Many people have lost their loved ones and livelihoods. This is not a time for celebration. This is a time for showing our solidarity with those in need (sic).” Jr NTR also asked everyone to wear a mask and stay at home. “Please take care of your family and loved ones. Support each other and extend a helping hand to those in need. When all this over and the war on Covid-19 is won, we shall celebrate together. Wear a mask. Stay at home (sic).
On the work front, Jr NTR will be seen alongside Ram Charan in SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR. The film also has Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn along with other international actors. RRR is a fictional story about India’s two freedom fighters- Alluri Sitarama Raju (Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Rama Rao) who fought against the British Raj and Nizam of Hyderabad respectively.