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 by planting trees.

South actors' counter to 'ALS ice bucket challenge'

Chennai: 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 by planting trees.

Malayalam superstar Mammooty launched the 'My Tree Challenge', 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 yesterday.

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 Surya 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 on Tuesday by planting a tamarind tree in the premises of Grand Hyatt Hotel, 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 has gone viral while Vijay has reportedly promised to plant 25,000 saplings.

Suriya has nominated Bollywood star Aamir Khan, Telegu star Mahesh Babu and Kannada actor Sudeep to take up the challenge. 

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