Actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh has self-created an eco-friendly Ganesha idol and dedicated it to Indian farmers. On Sunday, Riteish tweeted a video in which he is seen creating the idol using clay. Following is what he wrote with this video:
Hi guys, so this year again, I am going to make an eco-friendly Ganesha. Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in America. Made an idol, I humbly dedicate it to our Farmers.
In the video, he is seen making the turbaned idol from scratch and even painting it. Riteish, son of late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, posted:
This turban represents every farmer in India. As a son of a farmer, I dedicate this idol to them.
Thanking his wife Genelia, Ritesh wrote:
I wanna thank Baiko for inspiring me to do this and also for shooting this video. God bless you all with happiness, prosperity, and love.
Riteish who always raised a concern about the farmers facing drought had donated Rs 25 lakh to the initiative, Jalyukta Latur, as his contribution towards the drought relief programme in Maharashtra, in 2016. Under the initiative, people have taken up work of desilting Manjra river which provides water to the area. The Bluffmaster actor visited the site and was impressed by the work done by Jalyukta Latur and decided to contribute towards the cause.
Latur, about 400 kilometres east of Mumbai, is part of Maharashtra’s drought-ravaged Marathwada region, and its half-a-million residents are reeling from years of below-par monsoon rains. Last year around 1,400 farmers committed suicide in the region over crop failure from a lack of water and an inability to meet loan payments. And officials fear the worst this year as most of Marathwada’s lakes and reservoirs lie empty months before the annual monsoon is expected to arrive.
With inputs from IANS