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Rajinikanth, Ranveer, Akshay and others participate in PM Modi’s light-a-candle initiative

Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Hema Malini, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Kangana Ranaut among others lit candles at 9 pm for 9 minutes on April 5.

Written by A. Kameshwari , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi | Updated: April 6, 2020 5:05:47 pm
bollywood candles Actors light candles at 9 pm on April 5.

Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Anupam Kher, Hema Malini, Bhumi Pednekar, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan and Venkatesh among others lit candles at 9 pm for 9 minutes on April 5.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to people to light candles and diyas, or switch on torches or mobile phone flashlights, for nine minutes at 9 pm, to display the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat coronavirus.

“The light from the lamps will show that we are together in this battle,” PM Modi said.

Sharing a photo of himself holding a candle, Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter, “Together we stand and together we will come out of this dark phase. Till then stay strong, stay safe #9Baje9Minute”

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17:05 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Kriti Kharbanda: We are all in this together
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#9pm9minutes :) . . Sometimes this is all we need, a little light, a little unity and lots of goosebumps :) we are in this together, one for all and all for one :)

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16:34 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Manjima Mohan salutes those fighting against COVID-19
16:09 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Vivek Dahiya and wife Divyanka stand in solidarity with those fighting coronavirus in India
15:39 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Taapsee Pannu tweeted a photo from her balcony for the #9baje9minute event
15:19 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Gautami: A million lamps join tonight to stand together for for solidarity, hope, & strength
15:06 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Soundarya Rajnikanth takes part in PM Modi's initiative
14:41 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Shweta Bachchan shared a photo of her father, Amitabh Bachchan during the #9baje9minute event






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Papa (in lieu of Alexa) please switch on the moon xx

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14:20 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Arun Vijay: Lets fight it together
13:52 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Tamannaah lights up diyas with her parents
13:19 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Kriti Sanon: Because it’s always a good time to pray
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Because it’s always a good time to pray.. 🙏🏻🕯 For love, health and happiness.. ❤️❤️ #weareinthistogether #LetThereBeLight

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12:56 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Ekta Kapoor shares a video for #9baje9minute
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DIYA 🪔 for light! We will survive #JAIHIND

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12:40 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Neil Nitin Mukesh: What a beautiful moment
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What a beautiful moment. #9pm9minutes

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12:19 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Suniel Shetty: United we stand!
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United we stand 🇮🇳🕯

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12:04 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Karan Johar: There is light at the end of this dark tunnel
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Let there be light.....there is light at the end of this dark tunnel....

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11:37 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Kartik Aaryan shares his #9baje9minute photo
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Together, Everything is Possible 🪔🙏🏻 #9Baje9Minutes

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11:18 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Madhuri Dixit Nene shares a prayer with her family
10:56 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Pooja Hedge shares her #9baje9minute selfie from the balcony
10:39 (IST)06 Apr 2020
Vicky Kaushal: To unity. To togetherness. To us!
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To unity. To togetherness. To us! ✨🙏

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The message from the Prime Minister came fifteen days after he asked citizens to clap, ring bells, and beat utensils to thank the providers of essential services during the Janata Curfew of March 22.