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South actors’ counter to ‘ALS ice bucket challenge’

With Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan taking up the ‘ALS ice bucket’ challenge in a big way, actors down South, especially those in the Malayalam film industry, are challenging each other in a different way

Suriya planting a sapling
Suriya planting a sapling

With Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan taking up the ‘ALS ice bucket’ challenge in a big way, actors down South, especially those in the Malayalam film industry, are challenging each other in a different way.
Malayalam superstar Mammootty launched the My Tree Challenge (MTC), an activity involving planting a sapling and challenging others to do so, recently, besides taking it on a global scale by planting a tamarind tree in the premises of Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai recently.
He had nominated Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and popular Tamil actors Vijay and Suriya, to take up the challenge, when he kick-started the initiative on August 30.
“As you all know ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ is being viral online and offline media. I proudly kick-start a novel concept called ‘My Tree Challenge’. I request all my friends from the Malayalam film industry and all Facebook friends to join in for the good cause and make this world a greener place to live in. I challenge Shah Rukh Khan from Bollywood, Vijay and Suriya from Tamil film industry to plant a sapling and join this Eco revolution,” Mammootty posted on his Facebook page.
The MTC has now gone global with Mammootty launching it in the UAE by planting a tamarind tree in Dubai. Photos of the actor planting the sapling have gone viral.
Both Vijay and Suriya have accepted Mammootty’s challenge. A photo of Suriya planting a coconut tree sapling has gone viral while Vijay has reportedly promised to plant 25,000 saplings. Suriya has nominated Bollywood star Aamir Khan, Telugu star Mahesh Babu and Kannada actor Sudeep to take up the challenge.
‘My Tree Challenge’ is an online eco-revolution started by environmentalists Abdul Manaf and Imthias Kadeer, inspired by the ALS ice bucket challenge, which was designed to raise funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and motor neurone disease.
Fahad Fazil, Aashiq Abu, Rima Kallingal, Ranjith Sankar, Nivin Pauly and Vineeth Srinivasan are those from the Malayalam film industry who have planted saplings as part of the My Tree Challenge initiative.