Back with Covid-19 safety measures
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.