Sonu Sood, Riteish to help ‘Warrior Granny’

Sonu Sood, Riteish Deshmukh's. (Photo: Simran Sethi/IANS) by .
Sonu Sood, Riteish Deshmukh's. (Photo: Simran Sethi/IANS)
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An 85-year-old woman, who has become popular on social media for displaying stunning martial arts skills and unbelievable stunts with sticks and rods on Pune’s streets to earn a living, had an unexpected visitor on Saturday – Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

A resident of Hadapsar, Shantabai Balu Pawar was happy at the encounter with the minister near her modest home and even performed a few martial arts tricks, leaving Deshmukh visibly impressed, while a large crowd including MLA Chetan V. Tupe and others applauded her impromptu performance.

Pune: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh visited Pune's 85-year old woman who displays martial arts skills on Pune streets to earn a living, and have her Rs.1-Lakh + a set of clothes, while top celebs are also rushing to give her financial and material help., on July 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Pune: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh visited Pune’s 85-year old woman who displays martial arts skills on Pune streets to earn a living, and have her Rs.1-Lakh + a set of clothes, while top celebs are also rushing to give her financial and material help., on July 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

It was a couple of days ago when Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh shared a video of ‘Warrior Granny’ which instantly became viral with many celebs, including actors Sonu Sood, and Aishwarya Kale, following suit and Pune Police Commissioner Dr. K. Venkatesham commenting: “Talent has no boundaries.”

Later, enquiries revealed that Shantabai had learnt her ‘lathi-kathi’ skills at the age of eight and continues to be an expert even after eight decades, displaying them with practised perfection on roads to earn a living, and touching scenes of her saga were recorded on social media.

Sood has offered to open a small training school where Shantabai can train and impart her skills to the youth, and others have appealed to schools to invite her to conduct workshops for students.

Mumbai: Actor Sonu Sood during 3rd Bright Awards 2017 in Mumbai on Feb 6, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Mumbai: Actor Sonu Sood  (Photo: IANS)

Many more have rushed financial and material support as the woman, who has even worked with the late actress Sridevi as a background artist, is known to support several orphan kids as her own family members.

Actor Ritesh Deshmukh d (Photo: IANS)

While Minister Deshmukh greeted her folded hands, complimented her on her talents and offered her Rs 100,000 plus a set of clothes, the Pune police’s ‘Bharosa Cell’ has also extended monetary assistance.

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Kale shared Shantabai’s contact and bank details appealing to people to help ‘Warrior Granny’ with money, grocery, education materials, professional assignments, etc. to ensure the well-being of her extended family.

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