Guwahati: Bollywood actor Adil Hussain has recently collaborated with Oxfam India to educate about the woes of tea garden workers in Assam.
In a one-minute video released by the NGO, the English Vinglish star highlights the plight of tea estate workers by reciting a beautiful poem. He says (loosely translated from Hindi): “The thing about the tea estate workers is different here (Assam). They don’t drink too much water because there is neither a bathroom, nor the freedom to use it.”
Further, he talks about the repercussions of pesticides. “By constantly spraying pesticide in the (tea) gardens, their skin gets peeled off. Yet their hands are constantly plucking (tea) leaves, irrespective of them wearing gloves or not,” he says.
“The truth behind these smiling faces is really something else. The helplessness of those exploited for 160 years is something else after all.”
Support us as we work together to uplift the conditions of over a million tea estate workers, appeals Hussian.
The video comes days after a research conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Oxfam India recently revealed that a 200-gm packet of branded Assam tea is sold in India for Rs 68. Of this, less than Rs 5 is left for workers (using plucking costs as a proxy indicator) while tea brands and supermarkets retain around Rs 40.
Hussain, was recently in news for joining the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, a American web series. Also, his Khasi language feature film Lorni: The Flaneur has been selected for the competition section at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) in Estonia.