Renowned Indian actor Sonu Sood, who caught the entire world’s attention with his humanitarian work during the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The award was presented to the actor at a virtual ceremony on Monday evening.
By bagging the prestigious honour, Sood has joined the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas, among others.
“This is a rare honour. UN recognition is very special. I have done whatever little I have done, in my own humble way, for my fellow countrymen without any expectations. However, to be recognised and awarded feels good,” the actor said after receiving the honour.
He went on to add, “I fully support the UNDP in its endeavours to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Planet Earth and mankind will greatly benefit from the implementation of these goals.”
Sonu Sood, who has played a variety of roles in his film career, has been honoured with the SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award for his selfless service to the poor and needy. For the uninitiated, the actor sent lakhs of migrant workers and stranded students back to their homes amid the pandemic. He also arranged several flights for students stranded in other parts of the world.
In addition to that, Sood has also been providing free education and medical facilities to young children. He has also been creating free employment opportunities for thousands of people who lost their livelihood due to the ongoing pandemic.
On the work front, Sonu Sood will next be seen in Yash Raj Films’ much-awaited period drama Prithviraj. Helmed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the big-ticket film stars Akshay Kumar in the titular role and marks the silver screen debut of Manushi Chhillar, Miss World 2017.