Several Bollywood actors have urged their fans to take the risk of coronavirus seriously and to follow the government’s call for observing social distancing.
Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt and Madhuri Dixit, among others, have shared messages and featured in videos to create awareness around coronavirus.
Here’s what our Bollywood superstars have said about coronavirus.
“This is not a public holiday, it is a very serious matter. Stop doing all this and start wearing masks to protect yourself. Wash your hands regularly, keep yourself clean and maintain a distance from others. “What is the problem in doing all this. If it saves countless lives, including your own, then why are you not doing it. Please do this as it is a matter of life and death. This is my request to all of you,” Salman Khan on Janta Curfew.
Here’s an awareness video shared by Government of Maharashtra that features several stars, Amitabh Bachchan.
Akshay Kumar shared a video urging fans to practise social-distancing.
For the first time in life, the winner will be the one who will stay put! This is a race, one which will save us…Say yes to #SocialDistancing please 🙏🏻 #BreakCorona #TogetherAtHome @mybmc pic.twitter.com/fPIW8UvW13— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 20, 2020
Shah Rukh Khan released a video urging fans to maintain social-distancing and the importance of washing hands.
“Coronavirus is the biggest villain of all time and can be defeated if people co-operate. We just have to give support to them (the government, health workers). So support them and take care of yourself. Do not go out of your house without any reason. Stay away from crowd. Do not let coronavirus survive. Climax is fun when the villain dies,” said Ajay Devgn.
“People should stay at home, as it’s the best thing to do in the interest of everyone’s health right now. Also, we are lucky to have the privilege to be home comfortably. There are many out there working to protect lives and provide us our essentials”, said Dia Mirza.
“If we all isolate ourselves, we shall see this through. Every night has a day. Think positive,” veteran singer Asha Bhosle.
“The world is healing. We’re all closer despite the distance. In kindness, in care, in responsibility and most importantly in our love. We’re in this together, doing all we can to protect our one big family,” said Aditi Rao Hydari.
“People should help medical professionals and staff by staying indoors even after today’s curfew is over. Let’s help all the daily wage workers we come in contact with to tide them over these financially distressing times. Let’s also help the senior citizens living alone in our neighbourhood for their daily requirements. Together we can fight the Coronavirus & its aftermath,” said Renuka Shahane.
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FIR Against Singer Kanika Kapoor
Meanwhile, Lucknow police have filed negligence charges against Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor (‘Babydoll’ fame) for attending various social events in Uttar Pradesh despited being warned to isolate herself at home. Kapoor has been booked under Sections 188, 269, and 270 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sarojini Nagar police station in the city. The FIR was lodged based on a complaint filed by the chief medical officer (CMO) of Lucknow.
The singer, who comes from an affluent family in Lucknow, is in an isolation ward at a local hospital. As per reports in Indian daily, Kapoor isn’t happy with her hospital room in the isolation ward. She claims that the food served to her is unhygienic and the room is infested with mosquitoes and is unclean. The hospital authorities have hit back saying “Kanika Kapoor has been provided the best that is possible in a hospital. She must co-operate as a patient and not throw tantrums of a star. She is being provided a Gluten-Free Diet from Hospital Kitchen. She has to co-operate with us”.