We hear actress Puunam Khaur’s passion for weavers brought her some good news this National Handlooms Day.
Apparently, the actress was participating in a live webinar on handlooms a couple of days ago, when her passion community caught the attention of Pratap Sarangi, Union Minister of State for MSMEs, who was also attending the webinar.
Now, word has it that he might recommend her name as brand ambassador to the textile ministry. Puunam, who says she began getting congratulatory messages from her friends already, is clearly excited.
“I was thrilled with the announcement; it’s something that I did not expect,” says Puunam. “My father was a cloth merchant, so working for weavers and their communities is something I naturally connect to.”
The actress also tells us that she hopes to make significant contributions to health and eyesight issues among women in the weaver communities.
She hopes to talk to someone like Mallesham to get an idea about how we as a people can reinvest in these communities.“I don’t only want to be a poser; I literally want to make a difference by working towards the betterment of weavers’ lives,” states the actress.
“And while to be a brand ambassador would mean a blessing, I also know it would also mean a huge reasonability.”
Puunam was earlier the brand ambassador of Andhra Pradesh State Handlooms, an experience the actress tells us she hopes to leverage on.
“That stint has been very motivating, though simultaneously very disheartening because I was pulled into a controversy,” recollects Puunam, who adds that she holds Pratap Sarangi in high esteem.
“It literally affected my personal life and cost my marriage dearly. But I want to tell people that everything I own in life is the result of my hard work. So I hope I will get an opportunity to serve the community again, and hope what Mr Sarangi said will realise soon. Appreciation from someone like him is a great blessing.”