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Coronavirus outbreak: Celebs share concern over pandemic

Coronavirus outbreak update: Here's what Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities are saying about the threat of coronavirus.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi |
Updated: March 20, 2020 6:50:53 pm
coronavirus stars Idris Elba on Monday said he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected each one of us, be it the common man or celebrities.

Celebrity couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Olga Kurylenko and Idris Elba have so far revealed they were tested positive for coronavirus. Most Hollywood, Bollywood, TV and web series productions are suspended until the crisis subsides. Many film releases have also been postponed.

Some of the notable affected film productions include The Batman and Jurassic World: Dominion in Hollywood, and Laal Singh Chaddha and Jersey in Bollywood. Films like No Time to Die, Mulan, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Sooryavanshi among more have had their release deferred. Many states in India have also shut down theaters till March 31. The entertainment industry is bound to suffer huge losses (with Hollywood alone predicted to lose as much as 20 billion dollars).

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22:27 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Mahesh Bhatt urges everyone to 'stay at home'
21:31 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Producers Guild of India to set up a relief fund amid coronavirus shutdown, shares Siddharth Roy Kapur

In a statement shared on Twitter, Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the GUILD, urged the members of the film fraternity to contribute to the fund to “minimize the disruption in the lives of our valued colleagues”.

“In the light of the complete shutdown of all production relation activity for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is bound to be a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of daily wage earners in the industry.

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20:16 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Deepika Padukone participates in #SafeHands challenge
19:49 (IST)17 Mar 2020
'We are all in this together'

Karisma Kapoor shared on Instagram, "I know so many of you are anxious and a lot of you are frustrated by the precautionary measure’s and social distancing here in india. But just remember you are not alone , we are all in this together .. the world over ... so plz stay strong , stay positive"

19:31 (IST)17 Mar 2020
'We shouldn’t panic and spread rumours'

Lata Mangeshkar shared on Twitter, "Namaskaar, The Coronavirus pandemic is very real and disturbing. At the same time, we shouldn’t panic and spread rumours. We as responsible citizens need to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness, those with cough and cold should maintain a social distance to avoid further spread. Follow the guidelines given by health agencies. Stay safe and healthy! God bless"

19:06 (IST)17 Mar 2020
James Gunn shared a message for Idris Elba

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn shared on Twitter, "Maybe thoughts and prayers aren’t entirely in fashion but I’d love for all you praying sorts to pray for my friend @idriselba, one of the greatest guys I know, AND to practice as much social distancing as you possibly can in the following weeks. Love you, Idris."

18:46 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Avatar sequels shut down production in New Zealand

The filming of Avatar sequels in New Zealand has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Producer Jon Landau said in a statement, "We've delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here (Los Angeles), and come down there a little bit later than we'd planned. We're in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the (coronavirus) curve.

18:07 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Sara Ali Khan shared this message with her fans
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Stay safe everyone😷😇🧼🚿 🧿🙌🏻☮️💟🌍🙏🏻 @pumaindia

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17:37 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Balaji Telefilms, Balaji Motion Pictures and ALTBalaji have suspended work

Ekta Kapoor shared on Twitter, "Amongst many 1st times,we have shut office for d 1st time (teams worked during d floods,terror attacks,bank holidays)! But today is not abt spirit but safety!Even temples churches gurudwaras n mosques r on a break!All we have is prayers humanity n each other!Stay safe team BALAJI"

17:13 (IST)17 Mar 2020
'Please wear a mask, wash your hands and stay at home as much as you can'

Rannvija Singha shared a photo of himself on Instagram wher he can be seen sporting a mask. He shared in the caption, "If we take the situation seriously and stay indoors,avoid public places and maintain basic hygiene we will help the system to cope with what’s to follow. Please wear a mask, wash your hands and stay at home as much as you can. This is for your safety and for the people you love."

(Photo: Rannvijay Singha/Instagram)

17:05 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Here's Dulquer Salmaan's message for fans

16:52 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Balaji Telefilms Limited, Balaji Motion Pictures Limited and ALTBalaji suspends all production work

A statement from Balaji was issued on Tuesday which read, "The safety and well-being of our employees, cast and crew is of paramount importance to us. In light of the pandemic spread of the COVID-19 virus, all administrative and production work across Balaji Telefilms Limited, Balaji Motion Pictures Limited and ALTBalaji stands suspended till further notice. We are complying with all safety and precautionary measures suggested by the government to help contain the situation. We're confident that together we will show our resilience and bounce back. We urge everyone to be safe and ensure necessary health measures.'

16:41 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Preity Zinta urges fans to stay safe
16:27 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Amitabh Bachchan's message on coronavirus

16:16 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Anup Jalota in isolation post his return from Europe

Anup Jalota said he is in isolation at a Mumbai hotel as a preventive measure in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran singer, who was in Europe for a concert, landed in Mumbai on Tuesday and was soon taken to a hotel in suburban Andheri. Jalota shared the news on Twitter.

15:41 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Patricia Arquette quits smoking

Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has quit smoking amid the coronavirus pandemic. The actor revealed on Twitter that she has entered "day 3" of no smoking or vaping in an attempt to boost her immunity.

15:28 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Singer Shweta Pandit shared cononavirus related statistics
14:57 (IST)17 Mar 2020
The Matrix 4 production suspended

Warner Bros Pictures has delayed the production on The Matrix 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film was in production since February, and moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where the team was preparing to shoot this week. It is still unclear when the shoot is going to resume and if they delay will impact the scheduled 2021 release.

Actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising their roles in the film, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris are new additions to the cast.

Film bodies in India on March 15 decided to put shootings of films, TV shows and web series on hold from March 19 to March 31.

“Important bodies of film and entertainment industry met today to deal with the issue of coronavirus. After a lot of discussion, we came to this conclusion that from this coming Thursday, all shootings will stop till March 31. After that, we will take a call,” Ashoke Pandit, president of IFTDA, told reporters.

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