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Coronavirus outbreak: Celebrities spread positive vibes amid lockdown

Coronavirus outbreak: Many celebrities including Pawan Kalyan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana and others have come forward to extend financial help.

Written by A. Kameshwari , Sampada Sharma , Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi |
Updated: April 3, 2020 12:14:21 pm
 coronavirus bollywood Celebs are spending time indoors amid the lockdown. (Photo: Madhuri Dixit/Karisma Kapoor/Instagram)

The outbreak of coronavirus has impacted everyone. While people are finding new ways to utilise time at home, actors, singers and filmmakers from across the Indian film industry are motivating their fans to take up painting, cooking, dancing and workout among other things during self-isolation.

Many celebrities including Pawan Kalyan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana and others have come forward to extend financial help during this testing time. While Salman has pledged to take care of 25,000 daily wage workers from the film industry, Pawan Kalyan donated Rs 1 crore towards coronavirus relief efforts.

The number of positive cases in the country has more than doubled in the last five days, from just under 700 on March 26 to over 1400 today. The government is repeatedly urging people to stay at home to keep themselves safe. Celebrities are also making efforts to educate people about social distancing.

In this blog, we tell you what your favourite celebrities are up to amid the national lockdown.

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16:31 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Kubbra Sait makes besan ke laddoos
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I made besan ke laddu. Bro! I’m a champ in a lockdown. Thank You @malaikaaroraofficial I hope they taste as fine as the ones you make ✨

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16:12 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Sanjay Dutt is using lockdown to get fitter
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Staying fit is very important especially during this time. So eat well, stay healthy & keep exercising. #QuarantineWorkout #HealthyAtHome #WorkoutAtHome #StayHomeStaySafe

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15:52 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya reveals her love for lehenga

Emmy and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, known for his work with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, died on Wednesday after contracting coronavirus.

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15:13 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Idris Elba: A little bit stuck in limbo

Actor Idris Elba says he and his wife are clueless about the next step in their treatment for coronavirus after they passed their quarantine period. “We’re both doing okay, still asymptomatic. We’ve passed the quarantine period but we’re a little bit stuck in limbo we can’t get a flight back home. So we just have to sit still for a little bit. Other than that, we’re OK, and we’re so thankful for that. I think the worst of it has probably passed,” he said in a video posted from his official Twitter account.

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14:42 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Film bodies set up relief fund for daily wage workers

Three of the film fraternity’s top associations – the Producers Guild of India (Guild), Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC) and Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) have come together to support the daily-wagers in the industry. The associations have set up a relief fund to provide financial assistance to the workers who have been impacted ever since the nationwide lockdown began due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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13:23 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Sonu Sood is building up muscle at home
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Stay home..stay safe..stay fit 💕 @farahkhankunder maaafi🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 also pls be careful.. don’t break your furniture/ bones 🙏

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13:03 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr passes away due to coronavirus

Ellis Marsalis Jr, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan that includes famed performer sons Wynton and Branford, has died after battling pneumonia brought on by coronavirus, one of his sons said late Wednesday.

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12:13 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Kareena and Saif donate to relief funds
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11:43 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Madhuri Dixit bats for positivity amid coronavirus pandemic
10:50 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Karisma Kapoor urges fans to be positive
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“ Loose ur mind find ur soul ” so poignant in current times.. 🙏🏼 #bepositive #goodvibesonly #yoga #throwbackthursday #behindthescenes🎬 #mentalhood

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10:45 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Zareen Khan requests fans to stay home and follow rules
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#StayHome #StaySafe #Covid_19 #BeInsideNowToBeOutsideLater #ZareenKhan

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09:55 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Saqib Saleem spends time with his canine friend amid lockdown
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The only person I can kiss in these times 💋 . . . #selfquarantine #stayhome #petlove #kiss #withstreak

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09:03 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Tisca Chopra: Whole thing seems like an April Fools joke
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What I did today: DAY 8 The whole thing does seem like an April fools joke, doesn’t it? Was thinking about how arrogant we have been as a race. And this has just taught us that it takes one invisible virus to shut us down .. like Rome and London and New York. What shuts down Gotham City? 😳 So tech was taken to the next level today .. a @houseparty with @magoajay @mariagoretiz & @mustaqsheikh .. missed @bhutanipreeti @shakunbatra and @arshadwarsi & of course our dear Wendell Rodricks .. While in another corner of the house the MsTara had a @zoom call with her whole class .. enough noise was made to make up for the days in quarantine.. but was so happy to see her meet her friends, even if online .. my little girl has been so good with her time indoors, not a peep about going down or meeting friends .. children have such an instinct for doing the right thing . Also she has been happy to be home with mama and dada.. who she probably doesn’t get enough of otherwise .. Half the epic amount of peas we got were shelled with some help from Tara, who got a fright when a caterpillar peeped out of a pod 🤣 Wasn’t able to finish ‘In The Fade’ .. but loving what I am seeing .. We made some Beet, Pea and Potato cutlets that turned out smashingly tasty and served them with soup and garlic toast .. The cake was a major triumph I have to say .. it’s already over 😋 Happy to have a million people who I can share thoughts with and who can message me back.. Have been thinking about the #TablighiJamaat guys .. I hope that doesn’t raise the #Covid_19 numbers exponentially .. I pray they have the good sense to come up for testing & not harm their families and community.. I am missing my Pilates class and just getting out of the house .. are you feeling ten confinement now? Or are you ok so far? #Stayhome #StaySafe #LockdownDiaries #21In #GettingThrough21 #Making21Count xx TC

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08:38 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Looking for streaming recommendations? Anurag Kashyap has you covered

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter to offer suggestions regarding TV shows and movies on streaming services.

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08:17 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Huma Qureshi indulges in some cooking to pass the time
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1. Marinate with spices and dahi 2. Fry onions , green chillies and cook 3. Done ! #cooking #home #day8 #21daylockdown

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20:32 (IST)01 Apr 2020
AR Rahman thanked the doctors and nurses who are working during the coronavirus crisis

AR Rahman shared a post on Facebook that read, "Dear Friends, This message is to thank the doctors, nurses and all the staff working in hospitals and clinics all around India, for their bravery and selflessness. It fills one’s heart to see how ready they are to deal with this most dreadful pandemic. They risk their lives to save ours. It’s time to forget our differences and unite against this invisible enemy that has turned the world upside down. It’s time to bring the beauty of humanity and spirituality into action. Help our neighbours, senior citizens, the underprivileged and migrant workers. God is inside your heart (the most sacred shrine), so this is not the time to cause chaos by congregating in religious places. Listen to the government's advice. Self-isolation for a few weeks may give you many more years. Do not spread the virus and cause harm to fellow humans. This disease does not even warn you that you are a carrier, so don’t assume you are not infected. This is not the time to spread false rumours and cause more anxiety and panic. Let's be kind and thoughtful, the lives of many millions are in our hands."

To keep people entertained, Doordarshan has brought back its classic TV shows including Ramayan, Mahabharat, Shaktimaan, Shrimaan Shrimati and Chanakya.

Mukesh Khanna, who played the titular role in Shaktimaan and the role of Bhishma in Mahabharat, calls it a blessing in disguise. “India has been brought back to homes and people are watching these old classics. In the 90s, when Mahabharat and Ramayan used to play on TV, there would be a curfew outside because everyone was glued to their TV sets. But today, first there was a curfew, and now people are watching these shows. For me, it’s a double pleasure because both of my shows will be played, something that could have never happened," the actor told

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