Actor Vicky Kaushal began his day early on Friday morning. He reached Mumbai’s Veera Desai Road to fill potholes at 6.30 am. The actor joined Dadarao Bilhore and his mission to raise awareness about road safety. Dadarao who is a vegetable seller who has so far filled 600 potholes in the last three years.
Vicky says, “The road is right behind my building and thanks to the untimely rains, Mumbaikars face the misery of bad roads every day. It’s dangerous not just for those driving down them but also for the pedestrians. I spoke to Dadarao, heard his story, learned how to fill potholes and felt good doing it for a couple of hours. It was the best way to begin my day. After that, I headed to Chembur for my film shoot.”
The actor has grown up in Mumbai and faced the traffic jam caused by this gutted tracks himself. “It takes hours just to cross that junction today when once it was the shortest route to the highway. There were 10-15 people working together and it felt good doing something for the city,” he smiled.
The actor believes having a celebrity associated with a campaign encourages more participation and creates awareness. “It’s a problem that needs to be addressed urgently. If we can reach out to more people, I would be the happiest.