A music video released by Kerala Police as part of the fight against coronavirus has come in for praise from actor-turned- politician Kamal Hassan.
"Excellent. The frontline warriors are Doctors, Police and Sanitary workers. It is essential to cheer these centurions with an anthem for Kerala Police. I am glad even the singing talent was a policeman in uniform.
"I congratulate the higher echelons of the police department for coming up with a sensitive and thoughtful idea. My salute," Haasan had said.
The video titled 'Nirbhayam' (Fearless), appreciated by the actor, was directed by S Ananthalal, a police inspector with the Kochi Metro station.
Meanwhile, the Kerala police thanked Haasan for his "congratulatory message" to the department and said it would motivate every member of the force.
Kerala police on Sunday shared a quote of the actor congratulating the department and one of its music videos for a "sensitive and thoughtful idea".
Later, state police chief Loknath Behera, in a message to Haasan, said the department was "honoured and delighted" to receive the congratulatory message and said it would help the force to "continue and better" the selfless service for the people.
"We are really honoured and delighted to receive this congratulatory message from one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema - Shri. Kamal Hassan. In these difficult times when the members of the police force are engaged in very difficult circumstances in the field, this message is a great motivation to every member of the force in Kerala.
"On behalf of Kerala Police and the Govt. of Kerala, I thank you for your kind words and it is sure to help us in continued and better selfless service for the citizens and to this great nation," Behera said.
Kerala police has been proactive on social media and engaging with the people of the state at a ground level.
The police social media team has been posting various videos related to social distancing, hand washing and lockdown among many others.
The drone videos by Kerala police across social media platforms has been praised by people for its editing and the message it has been giving out on the requirement of social distancing and other safe practices during lockdown to contain spread of COVID-19