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Quarantine diaries: Bollywood stars go domestic during lockdown

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    • lol; they just couldn’t resist, could they? Even when praising citizen awareness, you had to insert the bread-and-butter earning words of these folks writing for these publications..xenophobia, fractious.

      Waiting for ‘genocide’, and ‘Hiter’, next…

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  3. Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to cooperate

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  4. First Lady Savita Kovind on Wednesday stitched face masks at Shakti Haat in the President’s Estate as part of the fight against Covid-19.

    These masks will be distributed at various shelter homes of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board. The First Lady was seen covering her face with a red colour cloth mask.

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  5. According to the ministry’s data, 12 districts across eight states – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Indore, Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Thane, Surat, Chennai, Bhopal, Agra and Jodhpur – account for 50.8% of all 17,250 Covid-19 positive cases for which district is known.(PTI )

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/3-cities-account-for-one-third-cases/story-0bLHYRODsG1bGXHzPLDgJM.html

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  6. ‘Name? Corona’: A new TikTok trend has users interviewing the novel coronavirus
    Indian TikTok users are using a filter that gives them an alien-like face, allowing them to pretend to be the coronavirus at an interview.

    https://scroll.in/video/959994/name-corona-a-new-tiktok-trend-has-users-interviewing-the-novel-coronavirus

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    • Wait for the WHO conmen to call this an incorrect fake theory and talk about some more unending misery and ultimate doom despite the fact that Sars Cov 2 has so far been a lot less potent in the southern hemisphere due to the summer/post summer season.

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  8. Nicotine Could Stick To Cell Receptors, Block Coronavirus: Researchers
    The findings come after researchers at a top Paris hospital examined 343 coronavirus patients along with 139 people infected with the illness with milder symptoms.
    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/coronavirus-drug-news-france-testing-if-nicotine-prevents-coronavirus-from-attaching-to-cells-2217313?pfrom=home-topstories

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  9. Its high time these actors charging lump sum amounts cut down their fees to zero for the next couple of years to enable movies, daily workers and cinemas to survive this pandemic wave. Movie theaters have been the pulse of Indian audiences across India for decades and the industry employs millions every year. Shooting sets would anyways be stalled till at least December due to distancing norms. Even if cinemas reopen in August or September, audiences would be wary to visiting implying no new releases till the year end with most cinemas showing re-runs of older films. Single screens which were already dying a slow death would perhaps be wiped out in entirety post this pandemic. A lot of multiplexes too might cut down on their branches, millions of lost jobs in the process. Its obvious, entertainment, hospitality, tourism and aviation sectors are gonna go through irreparable damage over the next 12-18 months but unfortunately in a country like India, these are the last priority even though the combined job loss in these sectors would be well over 10 million.

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  10. Don’t Inject Or Ingest: Lysol Maker After Trump’s “Disinfectant” Remark
    Donald Trump said researchers should try to apply their findings to coronavirus patients by inserting light or disinfectant into their bodies.

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  11. Coronavirus: Mumbai’s Dharavi, A COVID-19 Hotspot, Reports Sharp Drop In New Cases
    The BMC has set up several containment zones with door to door delivery of essentials to ‘break the chain’ in Dharavi and stop the spread of the deadly virus.
    https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/coronavirus-mumbais-dharavi-a-covid-19-hotspot-reports-sharp-drop-in-new-cases-2217864?pfrom=home-topstories

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  12. Not until we have cinemas reopen. Even the reopening would be staggered statewise, hardly any major production house would be willing to release their films in the near future as govt norms would mandate selling of <50% of tickets with the general public living in fear anyways. It would take a good 12-18 months for cinemas to get back on their feet in the real sense. By then though, I fear the 4000-4500 screen count might just come down to 2000-2500 even for the biggies. And of course we'd have a much more vocal set of dimwits backing snooze-worthy OTT slice of life (cr)binge worthy content that last 366 seasons on their puny 6 inch Xio-mummy screens. I'm ready to wait for an indefinite number of months (and save up in the process) to watch a Tenet or a Bond 25 on a 4K IMAX screen than 90% of the junk that Netflix and Amazon deliver. In fact I hope that in a post Covid world we'd have half a dozen open weeks reserved for the cinematic worthy deserving films like Bahubali, Dangal and Tenet while the slice of life yawn fests shot with cheap cameras and dingy lighting can release straight on OTT (yeah Imtiaz Ali, Kashyap and Bharadwaj deserve to be fired from 70mm).

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  13. Cinema hall owners feel that the post lockdown scenarios will be tricky. They feel it will be a slow run for the first few months.

    Meanwhile, business owners have reached out to ministries for monetary help. An exhibitor said that cinemas were the first to shut shop and will probably be the last to open as well.

    Meanwhile, a Delhi exhibitor said that they will need the help of the government and producers to get back on their feet. While single screens in smaller cities will have a different battle to fight for survival.

    Bolywood Hungama

    With the coronavirus pandemic on the rise across the globe, several events have been put on hold or cancelled. Now, the National Film Awards that honours excellence in the entire national spectrum of Indian cinema on May 3 every year also stands delayed indefinitely as of now.

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  14. Coronavirus pandemic has installed films, television series and releases to a standstill. Be it Bollywood or Hollywood, all the fraternities across the world are facing a huge crisis. Now, adding to the same, makers of Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb are also planning to release the film on the OTT platform, mostly Disney+Hostar.

    A source close to Mid-Day has revealed that director, Raghava Lawrence is already in talks with actor Akshay Kumar and he also feels that producers shouldn’t bear any kind of losses and hence might just release on the OTT platform.

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/breaking-akshay-kumars-laxmmi-bomb-to-arrive-straight-on-a-digital-platform-not-have-a-theatrical-release/

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  16. And all of them demand her immediate attention. Says a source, “She was supposed to shoot in March with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Gangubai Kathiawadi in Mumbai, and then join S S Rajamouli in Hyderabad for RRR in April. In the second-half of 2020 she was supposed to shoot for her father (Mahesh Bhatt)’s Sadak 3.”

    Now with the lockdown throwing all schedules haywire, Alia has a lot of figuring out do. Should she complete Bhansali’s film first, and then go on to the delayed Rajamouli project? And what about her father’s project? Give it the least attention …ghar ki murgi daal baraabar?

    And what happens to the monstrously delayed Karan Johar-Ayan Mukerjee sci-fi fantasy Brahmastra which was to release in December 2020. Given the crisis, the film’s last schedule and the release remain postponed indefinitely.

    Alia Bhatt’s date dilemma after lockdown
    BySubhash K. JhaCreated: Apr 25, 2020 – 11:13 am IST
    Bollywood Hungama

    Reportedly, over the past few days, different departments of cinema including production, distribution and exhibition chains have been holding virtual conferences to discuss the details of the post lockdown phase.

    An exhibitor talking to a tabloid said that fighting the fear in the minds of the audience has been a major point of discussion. He said that cinema will take safety measures even if there is no directive. Cinemas will be practising social distancing by keeping seats vacant between groups, individuals or couples, making masks and sanitisers compulsory. They will also be sanitising common areas and will provide PPE kits for the staff.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/cinema-halls-start-planning-safety-measures-post-lockdown-cinema-viewing-experience/

    Ticket prices will go up. And who will have money to watch films after all this?

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  17. https://www.ndtv.com/karnataka-news/coronavirus-2-brothers-sell-land-for-rs-25-lakh-to-feed-the-poor-in-karnataka-2218179?pfrom=home-topstories

    Two businessmen brothers, Tajammul Pasha and Muzammil Pasha, in Karnataka’s Kolar district have set out to help people in need amid the lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic by selling their land for Rs 25 lakh.
    On seeing daily wage labourers and their families in Kolar suffer during the lockdown, the brothers said they decided to sell their land and use the money to buy essentials and food grain for a large number of poor people.

    The brothers also bought oil and cereals with the money. Then they set up a tent next to their house and started a community kitchen to make food for labourers and homeless people.

    “Our parents died early. When we shifted to our maternal grandmother’s place at Kolar, people from communities, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims helped us survive without any religious bias,” said Tajammul Pasha, visibly emotional.

    The Pasha brothers are into banana cultivation and real estate. Tajammul was five and his sibling Muzammil was three when they lost their parents. They had to move from Chickbalapor to Kollar, where their grandmother lived.

    “We were brought up in poverty. We survived because of the support of people of all communities and religions. We have signed the society agreement bond and handed it over to our friend who purchased our site and gave the money,” the brothers said.

    Once the lockdown ends and the land registrar’s office opens, the remaining steps to transfer the land will be completed, they said.

    So far the two brothers have supplied food grain, oil, sugar and other essentials to over 3,000 families. They have also given hand sanitizers and masks to the poor.

    The Kolar administration has issued passes to their volunteers so that they can help in this difficult time.

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  18. Gujarat’s high fatality rate could be due to the significant presence of L strain of coronavirus over the S strain, said Dr Atul Patel, infectious disease specialist at the Sterling hospital, which is one of the three private hospitals in Gujarat designated to treat COVID-19 patients.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/india/states-high-death-rate-could-be-due-to-presence-of-wuhan-strain-coronavirus-6379410/

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  19. https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/amitabh-bachchan-has-a-crisis-at-home-in-covid-19-times-says-breaking-news-a-bat-just-entered-my-home/story-I7KsfxKsyexlmqZDW42shM.html

    He wrote in English and Hindi: “BREAKING NEWS !!! News of the hour .. a BAT , yes chamkadadh just entered my room ..3rd floor Jalsa .. where we all sit and chill .. never seen before in the area, let alone a house , … in my house … in my room !!! Aur hamara hi ghar mila usse! Corona piccha chhod hi nahin raha! Udd udd ke aa raha hai, kambakht!!”

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  20. Vijay Deverakonda on coronavirus outbreak: Wasn’t prepared mentally or financially
    Vijay Deverakonda said his foundation has been teaching youngsters skills to make them more employable and this will continue. His dream, Deverakonda said, is to ultimately employ 1 lakh people in his lifetime.
    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/telugu/vijay-deverakonda-on-coronavirus-outbreak-wasnt-prepared-mentally-or-financially-6379875/

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  21. The makers of Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi are resigned to the fact that the film, like many other Bollywood offerings, will be delayed. However, they have a more pressing problem on their hands — two elaborate sets that were built in Hyderabad and Chennai have been standing unused over the past six weeks, leading to losses. If the lockdown extends to June, the makers fear the sets may be destroyed in the rains.

    “We need to wrap up the film before the rains hit. Since they are outdoor set-up, they will be ruined in the monsoon. Reconstructing the set will be an expensive affair,” laments producer Shailesh R Singh.

    The shoot of the biopic on J Jayalalithaa, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu, was running like clockwork until March. With a 45-day shooting stint slated to kick off on March 10, the AL Vijay-led team had constructed a set of the Parliament House at the Ramakrishna Cine Studios in Hyderabad. After the shoot would be wrapped up by the third week of April, their next pit-stop was Chennai.

    “We have recreated Mount Road at the AVM Studio in Chennai, and had planned a patchwork shoot there. Almost 40 per cent of the movie is left to be filmed,” says producer Vishnu Vardhan Induri, adding that they pre-emptively cancelled the Hyderabad shoot in the wake of the pandemic.

    Sources say that the makers, who are bearing the maintenance cost of the sets and the studio rent, have incurred losses of R5 crore so far due to the lockdown. While Singh is unwilling to put a number to the damages, he adds, “Our team’s safety is our priority. We had paid [the studio] for March, but were unable to shoot for a single day in Hyderabad. It’s uncertain when the lockdown will be lifted. Even if we get a 10-day window, we will finish shooting the outdoor portions.”

    https://www.mid-day.com/articles/kangana-ranauts-thalaivi-makers-fear-their-unused-sets-may-be-destroyed-in-the-rains/22752298?from=home-p1

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  22. Universal misery
    Universal tension
    Universal oneness
    Universal vulnerability.

    Travel has become unsafe
    Going out is unsafe
    Crowds are unsafe
    Sports are unsafe.

    Masks are in
    Gloves are in
    Lazing at home is in.

    Socialising is trouble
    Touching is trouble
    Sneezing, coughing are trouble
    Fever is trouble.

    Once upon a time I enjoyed being sick
    running fever and having hot tea
    hot rasam, hot soup
    while my near ones touched me to see how much fever I had 
    even slept beside me to comfort me
    and making me feel that I am not alone.

    Touching used to be healing 
    But now touching is harming.

    Passing time with our phones and computers
    eating food mechanically
    exchanging Coronavirus news. What else?

    But there are little joys like going through fun cartoons
    About the effect of coronovirus on people’s lives.
    I am getting so many whatsapp fun cartoons and videos.
    Cant stop laughing forgetting the worries
    of bad news and lockdown blues.

    Coronavirus made life topsyturvy
    Sometimes ludicrous and funny
    Sometimes sorrowful and gloomy.
    Tomorrow may bring some hope for those
    Who can see tomorrow.

    Coronavirus is one enemy who I cant hate too much
    Maybe I am even falling in love with it.
    Sleeping and waking up with the enemy.
    And watching the enemy bringing So many things in its bag, good and bad.
    Stockholm syndrome?

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  23. sanjana Says:

    https://indianexpress.com/article/world/protests-mark-growing-unrest-with-california-stay-home-order-6390104/

    Protests mark growing unrest with California stay-home order
    While much of the state’s population remained behind closed doors to deter the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the building anxiety while repeatedly teasing the possibility the state could begin relaxing some aspects of the restrictions next week.

    In Sacramento, as police lined steps outside the Capitol, protesters waved signs that said “Defend Freedom” and broke into “U-S-A” chants, most eschewing face masks intended to deter spread of the virus. A small plane circled overhead, displaying a banner carrying an image of Newsom’s face and the slogan, “End his tyranny.”

    Joe Ranciato from Roseville, California, showed up to the protest inside a homemade “socially distancing cage,” made with plastic pipes and duct tape.

    “I’m really fed up with what’s going on,” said Ranciato, 58. “I don’t like my freedom to be put in jeopardy.”

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  24. sanjana Says:

    Tejas Gopalan’s device to make mask-wearing comfortable – the COVID-19 Ear Protector – is finding its way to hospitals in the city
    We may be relieved that masks are now compulsory for anyone stepping out, but what we don’t realise is that most of us have it easy as we need to wear them only when we are outdoors. On the other hand, doctors and medical practitioners — who wear them for hours at a stretch — have been dealing with nagging ear pain as the masks pull on their ears.

    The product design student at Ahmedabad’s National Institute of Design says the idea came about when his father developed an ear infection due to constantly wearing masks to his office, prior to the lockdown. Taking us through the process, he says he started off by sketching out simple ideas.

    While he is now working towards shipping orders received from hospitals in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune, he will soon make this an open-source design. “I have decided against a patent as it is important that design is made accessible to everyone at such times,” says Gopalan, who plans on working on similar COVID-related products, and aims at starting his own design studio in the future.

    https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/tejas-gopalans-device-to-make-mask-wearing-comfortable-the-covid-19-ear-protector-is-finding-its-way-to-hospitals-in-the-city/article31518575.ece?homepage=true

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  25. From a facebook acquaintance-

    WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …
    I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are sailing in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

    For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

    For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

    Some are bringing in extra money with endless overtime, Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales. Others no longer have a job.

    Some families of 4 will receive $1500 per month from the stimulus while other families of 4 will see $0 for the duration of it.

    Some were concerned about getting a certain chocolate for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

    Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine and are seen outside.

    Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

    Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

    Some have faith and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

    So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

    Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

    We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey so don’t judge others by what’s happening in your boat, we are all just fighting our way through the storm.
    Good luck to you all and we’ll see you in the calm.

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    • Very nice.

      “Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm”

      And this is the time where some of us who are in decent position needs to help the needy ones. Especially if you are in foreign countries making good living, help people in India. The daily earners are suffering. It’s not like USA where most are getting $1,200 stimulus check per person (most have already go it).

      We truly are not all in same boat. If you see someone sinking, throw a life jacket at them regardless of their color, race, religion…

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