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Coronavirus outbreak: Celebs hail PM Modi’s ‘janata curfew’ initiative

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

Written by Arushi Jain , Anvita Singh , Kshitij Rawat
New Delhi | Updated: March 19, 2020 10:43:29 pm
ajay devgn akshaykumar coronavirus Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar have hailed PM Modi’s ‘Janata Curfew’ initiative. (Photo: Ajay Devgn/Akshay Kumar/Instagram)

Every day new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are being reported from across the globe. In India, the number of confirmed cases has climbed up to 169.

The entertainment industry is also hit by the pandemic. International celebrities like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Olga Kurylenko and Kristofer Hivju have been tested positive for coronavirus and are undergoing treatment. Bollywood stars are also taking preventive measures. Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is in complete isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak. Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone and many others are educating fans on how they can keep themselves safe.

Several film production companies have cancelled the shoot of their upcoming projects. The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, Laal Singh Chaddha and Jersey are among the affected films. Also, the release of big-ticket films like No Time To Die, Mulan and Sooryavanshi has been postponed.

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The shoot of TV shows and web series have also been put on hold until March 31. JD Majethia, the chairman of TV-wing-IFTPC (Indian Film and Television Producers Council), told, “We will shoot till Wednesday. So this week, and maybe for a few, it will be a couple of more episodes. Then the obvious choice is to rerun, but it will be interesting to twist and look at this as an opportunity to break the competition. For viewers too, it is a time to experiment and sample other channels’ successful shows, which they might have missed due to loyalty towards their favourites on the same time slot.”

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22:43 (IST)19 Mar 2020
Twinkle Khanna lauds PM Modi's speech

"Have written against many govt moves but this was a speech by the PM that http://delivered.It staves of panic without undermining the gravity of the situation.Applauding those providing essential services will also make us feel more united during this pandemic. #jantacurfew," tweeted Twinkle Khanna. 

Also Read | Coronavirus pandemic: PM Modi calls for ‘Janta curfew’ on Sunday, appeals people to stay indoors

22:36 (IST)19 Mar 2020
Ajay Devgn urges fans to adhere to 'Janata Curfew'

Ajay Devgn tweeted, "Fellow Indians, Namaskar Folded hands A short while ago, Our PM Saab, Modiji, requested all of us to show resolve & restraint in the face of COVID-19. Please also adhere to the Janta Curfew on 22nd March by staying home. Stay Safe Folded hands
@PMOIndia @narendramodi#JantaCurfew," Ajay Devgn tweeted.

22:06 (IST)19 Mar 2020
Akshay Kumar is also on board the 'Janata Curfew' train

"An excellent initiative by PM @narendramodi ji...this Sunday, March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm let’s all join in the #JantaCurfew and show the world we are together in this. #SocialDistancing," Akshay Kumar tweeted.

21:41 (IST)19 Mar 2020
Sanjay Dutt hails PM Modi's 'Janata Curfew' initiative

Sanjay Dutt tweeted, "Thank You @narendramodi ji for such a reassuring speech. Let's all pledge to adhere to the Janta Curfew on 22nd March, express appreciation for 5 mins at 5 pm for all those who are working day & night for our safety. Stay home to stay safe & take all the necessary precautions!"

21:25 (IST)19 Mar 2020
Varun Dhawan agrees to practise 'Janata Curfew'

Varun Dhawan tweeted to show support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Janata Curfew' initiative. He tweeted, "I will take part in the #jantacurfew on March 22 nd and at 5 in the evening will show my support to our selfless heroes fighting this virus. This is a time to be one and practise #SocialDistancing. Let’s follow our prime ministers appeal. #BeSafe."

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Stage 2 - apna kaam khud #corona Help the househelp take precautions as well . Corona हो ना हो , बर्तन हमेशा होंगे । #selfquarantine

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Prince Harry and Meghan ask people to show "empathy and kindness"
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Kubbra Sait is spending time with her feline friend to cope with the outbreak
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Mein aur mera hum dard. #ShifuSait

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Kamya Panjabi is taking necessary precautions
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Kar harr maidaan fateh 😈 #goawaycoronavirus

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13:27 (IST)19 Mar 2020
Don't be hateful, says Ali Fazal

"The problem is we all have gone a bit too crazy. I saw somebody sprinkling sanitizers on their faces. And others are discriminating without cause. Dare anyone sneeze or cough now ... Be careful of extremities. And dont be hateful please. We all in this together," tweeted the actor. 

Producers Guild of India on Tuesday announced that they have set up a relief fund for daily wage earners impacted by the shutdown of film, television and web productions amid coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement shared on Twitter, Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of Producers Guild of India, said, “In the light of the complete shutdown of all production related 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. The Producers Guild of India has decided to set up a Relief Fund to help support those affected by the shutdown. We would encourage the entire fraternity to contribute to the fund to minimize the disruption in the lives of our valued colleagues and associates in this difficult time."

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First published on: 18-03-2020 at 09:46:09 am