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Ample awareness about social distancing has to be done: Producer Mou Das

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Ample awareness about social distancing has to be done: Producer Mou Das

The lockdown has been lifted, the government has eased restrictions and is working on opening all the sectors in phases. Wearing masks and maintaining social-distance holds top priority in the list of guidelines issued by the government. Producer Mou Das feels that awareness about social-distancing is the need of the hour.

And we couldn’t agree more, remember how people forgot all about social-distancing when the liquor shops were openend, or recently there were pics of passengers crowding a bus, so what happened to social distancing.

“Social distancing is the new normal, definitely in a situation like this nobody would like to risk their lives but to stop the spread of coronavirus there are things that require changes like socializing, shopping, workplace, education, healthcare and more. Now we all crave for going back to the life we had before this pandemic, but one thing we aren’t realising is that going back to normal won’t be possible without true efforts and social distancing is a very crucial part of that effort. Ample awareness about social distancing has been done its just how much people stick to it. Self realisation of the consequences of this deadly virus only help us defeat it,” Mou said.

When asked to describe her lockdown days, she said, “It was like running a race before this, but then suddenly a day came when you can no longer run, you realize life is precious you can do anything but not risk the life of yours and your loved ones. Work is a necessity but the most important thing in the world is family and love.”

Mou says she is very passionate about her work and can’t wait to resume it soon, but during the lockdown she kept herself busy with cooking, reading, gardening, watching movies and TV series.

Talking about how this lockdown led to mental stress and depression too, she said, “At the beginning it seemed a matter of few days but then when it went from days to weeks to months it definitely started disturbing mental health the most. Everyone has a living and if the basic needs are getting affected however you put a brave face on your heart starting pounding. This lockdown have seen some taking away their life which is painful but another harsh reality of our society when one moment of your weakness takes over your mind.”

“Being positive is the only alternative to mental distress. Many people don’t want to talk about it because they fear that they will be judged but I feel we should make them comfortable to speak up. It’s not the time to judge people and their circumstances. It’s our responsibility to help them and this way we can reach out to the society,” she added.

Mou also spoke about the newest shot-at-home trend and said, “Whether it will stay for long has to be seen eventually, you can never match the production quality. So this might still be the solution of the hour but we have to wait and watch how the advertisers and brand decide to put it to use. For now, in the social-distancing era this looks like an option.”

As far as the entertainment industry is concerned, Mou feels that the production has already adapted to working in a very constrained atmosphere, so cutting down the strength will definitely take a huge toll on the existing systems.

“I really don’t know if this is the ‘new normal’ this will be difficult and most production houses will prefer to go back to the previous ‘so-called normal’. Only time will say if the industry is ready to accept this new framework or wait it out for the starting as it was,” she said.

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Here is why actor Pearl V Puri ditches the flights and drives to Agra from Mumbai to be with his parents

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Here is why actor Pearl V Puri ditches the flights and drives to Agra from Mumbai to be with his parents

Actor Pearl V Puri talks about his experience of travelling from Mumbai to Agra by road, and says that his parents were elated on seeing him, especially his mother who was extremely worried.

With interstate travel now allowed after relaxations in regulations, many are taking the first available opportunity and heading back home to be with their families. TV actor Pearl V Puri also drove from Mumbai to Agra last week, to be with his parents.

While flights are a preferred option for quick travel, Puri chose to take the road. He shares how, along with one of his friend, completed this 24-hour-long drive in his car and reached home safely.

“I don’t think flights are safe right now,” says Puri, adding, “From what I’ve heard, many have been infected while on their way. My parents are old, so I didn’t want to take any chance with their health. We had stocked up on food and other essentials and stopped once or twice in between in unpopulated areas.”

Even though the journey was “tiresome”, it was “worth it” for the Naagin 3 actor, whose parents — Vipin and Pummy Puri — were elated and emotional on seeing him.

“Since the lockdown my mother has been worried about my health. And after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, so much that has been happening around, she was all the more worried and would often end up crying while talking on phone. That was one of the major reasons why I decided to take this journey,” he shares.

For someone like Puri, who often takes trips to his home town whenever he would get spare time in between shoots, this three-month-long lockdown was too much to handle.

“This pandemic has definitely made us realise the importance of families in our lives. That we must coexist with other living being sin nature and show love and respect to all. I might sound philosophical here, but that’s what I felt during these days,” he explains.

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Janhit Mein Jaari: Watch Kettan Singh explain nepotism in the quirkiest way possible

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Janhit Mein Jaari: Watch Kettan Singh explain nepotism in the quirkiest way possible

Kettan Singh is back again with his fabulous show “Janhit Mein Jaari” and the recent episode was dedicated to the most talked about topic “Nepotism”. Titled “Nepotism – A Curse or a Boon”, Kettan talks about dynasty politics as well in the video.

The word nepotism was used popularly for Bollywood, especially after Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar as the “flag-bearer of nepotism” on his chat show “Koffee With Karan”. It is being talked about again now after the sad demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He was found hanging at his Bandra home on June 14. Post his demise, people from the industry and the netizens said that the “Kai Po Che!” star succumbed to depression as he became a victim of nepotism.

In the beginning of the episode, Kettan said, “This word existed in the dictionary but came into limelight after Kangana Ranaut used it on Karan Johar’s chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ and called him the flag-bearer of nepotism. And the social media made it viral.”

He explained that the word came from latin words nepos which means nephews and mentioned how nepotism existed even during the times of Ramayan, and even in politics. He also admitted that nepotism is not just limited to India or Bollywood, it happens in Hollywood as well as Western countries. It is not something which is industry specific.

Though he shared some statistics and figures and elaborated more on nepotism, the audience will not once get bored in the nine minute video.

Watch Kettan’s quirky take on nepotism here:

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Flight delay plays spoilsport on Srman Jain’s birthday plans

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Flight delay plays spoilsport on Srman Jain’s birthday plans

TV actor Srman Jain was planning to celebrate his birthday on July 1 with his family in Agra after almost 14 years. However, a last-minute call for shooting in Mumbai, followed by the local airline’s postponing of flight played spoilsport. The Trideviyaan actor was in his hometown, Agra, ever since the lockdown was imposed. “Ever since I moved to Mumbai in 2006, I never got a chance to celebrate my birthday with my family. Everyone was planning to celebrate in a big way this year. I was supposed to catch a flight on July 1 (Srman’s birthday date). As there is no direct flight from Agra to Mumbai, I took a flight from Jaipur, which is the nearest airport. We had a pre-birthday celebration on June 30. We had a family feast, along with a cake-cutting ceremony. When I reached Jaipur, I was informed that the flight was postponed to 2 pm. I had to stay at a family friend’s place in Jaipur, and neither could I celebrate my birthday with my family, nor could I reach on time to resume the shoot.”

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