Back with Covid-19 safety mea­sures

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re­al­ity show Bigg Boss had a grand pre­miere on Satur­day night with its new sea­son, mi­nus the live au­di­ence, in the wake of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Sal­man Khan, who hosts the show, opened the 14th sea­son, and in a ref­er­ence to Covid-19, said, “This is that year where the most neg­a­tive word is pos­i­tive. This lock­down has made peo­ple learn many house­hold chores be it wash­ing the uten­sils, mop­ping the floor and most im­por­tantly it has taught us to ap­pre­ci­ate the past.”

The mak­ers showed a clip wherein the Bigg Boss set, put up in sub­ur­ban Mum­bai’s Film­c­ity, is seen un­der­go­ing sani­ti­sa­tion.

With the theme - ‘Ab Scene Pal­tega, Kyunki Bigg Boss Dega 2020 Ko Jawab (Things will change as Bigg Boss will con­front 2020’) - the Bigg Boss con­tes­tants in­clude TV couple Ru­bina Di­laik and Ab­hi­nav Shukla, ac­tors Ei­jaz Khan, Jas­min Bhasin, Nis­hant Singh Malkhani, Pav­i­tra Pu­nia, singers Rahul Vaidya, Jaan Ku­mar, son of vet­eran singer Ku­mar Sanu, She­hzad Deol, a model, singer-model Sara Gur­pal and south ac­tor Nikki Tam­boli.

Khan closed the pre­miere event in his sig­na­ture Bigg Boss style say­ing, “Do what­ever you guys want to do, just don’t give corona to your par­ents.” PTI

BOL­LY­WOOD ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar shared a video on Twit­ter on Satur­day, de­fend­ing the film in­dus­try against ram­pant al­le­ga­tions of drug abuse.

Ad­mit­ting drugs prob­lem pre­vailed in the film in­dus­try, Ak­shay asked peo­ple not to gen­er­alise and think that ev­ery per­son associated with Bol­ly­wood has drug links.

The ac­tor also told the me­dia to be sen­si­tive while tak­ing names, be­cause neg­a­tive news could have a neg­a­tive im­pact on a per­son’s ca­reer and rep­u­ta­tion.

He said: “Al­though we are called stars, you have cre­ated Bol­ly­wood with all your love. We are not just an in­dus­try. Through our films we have spread val­ues and cul­ture of our na­tion to ev­ery cor­ner of the world. For years now we have tried to re­flect the sen­ti­ments of the com­mon peo­ple of our coun­try through our films. Be it the an­gry young man brand of anger, cor­rup­tion, poverty or un­em­ploy­ment — cin­ema has tried to re­flect all these is­sues in its own style. So, if you are an­gry to­day, we un­der­stand and re­spect it.

“Af­ter Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s sud­den death, sev­eral is­sues have come to the fore­front, which pained us as much as they have you. These is­sue have high­lighted sev­eral flaws of the film in­dus­try, which need to be fo­cused on. To­day, nar­cotics and drugs are the most talked-about top­ics. I can’t keep my hand on my heart and lie to you say­ing this prob­lem does not ex­ist. It does ex­ists — just as it pos­si­bly ex­ists in ev­ery other in­dus­try and pro­fes­sion.

But that doesn’t mean ev­ery sin­gle per­son from the par­tic­u­lar pro­fes­sion is in­volved. That’s not pos­si­ble.

“Drugs are a le­gal mat­ter, and

I have full faith that what­ever in­ves­ti­ga­tion our courts and law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties have un­der­taken and what­ever ac­tion they are tak­ing, will be right. I also know that ev­ery sin­gle per­son from the film in­dus­try will co-op­er­ate with them. But I re­quest you with folded hands not to gen­er­alise, and blame ev­ery­one. This is not right.

“I per­son­ally have al­ways be­lieved in the power of me­dia. If our me­dia does not high­light im­por­tant is­sues at the right time, a lot of peo­ple will not get justice. I will re­quest the me­dia to con­tinue to raise their voice but do it a lit­tle sen­si­tively be­cause one piece of neg­a­tive news about a per­son will tar­nish years of hard work and rep­u­ta­tion.

“I would also like to share a mes­sage with all fans. You have made us and we will not let you down. If you have any com­plaint, we will work harder to rec­tify our faults and win back your love and trust. We are here be­cause of you, so please stay with us. Thank you,” he con­cluded.

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