Mumbai: Vanity vans from the sets of Bollywood films are being diverted to the Mumbai Police. About half a dozen vanity are now in service of the cops who are on the job as the second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country, Times of India (TOI) reported.
The good samaritan behind the gesture is vanity van owner Ketan Rawal, who has been associated with the film industry for over two decades. “I have diverted vans from Rohit Shetty’s ‘Cirkus’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, and Anand L Rai’s ‘Raksha Bandhan’ in service of the Mumbai police,” he told TOI.
In response to the Thane Police Commissioner’s call, Rawal will be providing another 10 vanity vans for police officers and constables. “I have a large number of vanity vans in service of the Mumbai police, they are the frontline workers; last year we offered it to the women officials who are field duty and needed to rest, use washrooms while doing their duties and of course change before going home,” he was quoted as saying.
Rawal, has been providing vanity vans on hire to leading actors such as Kangana Ranaut, Taapsee Pannu, Shilpa Shetty and John Abraham. He has been also helping Gujarati theatre artists since last year. “There are no plays being staged since last year so I am doing my bit by providing ration and other help to these theatre artists in these trying times,” Rawal was quoted as saying.
Once the state unlocks the vanity vans will be sanitised and will be back in service for Bollywood celebrities, the report added.