Raveena Tandon on Covid-19 crisis: Abusing the planet has made it hard for us to step out
The actor talks about how during such a crisis, people should come out and help each other, whiles also spreading awareness and maintaining social distancing.Updated: Apr 03, 2020 18:14 IST
Being a celebrity, there’s always the onus on one to set an example for others. And even though the lockdown across India took place only recently to curb the spread of coronavirus, Raveena Tandon says she has always been practising a hygiene routine.
She took to Instagram to show how when she was travelling by train before Holi this month, she made sure to disinfect her cabin herself.
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Disinfecting the cabin with wet wipes,sanitiser,before the wheels roll and we get comfy!Better to be safe than sorry. Travel only if very necessary and please take precautions and safety of oneself and the others around you is paramount .#throwback #lastweek,off to a days assignment . Skeletal crew and closed door shoot luckily to a town with no coronacases reported yet. Back home to self-isolate and quarantine at least until 31st March . #throwback
“This whole thing about not shaking hands has come about now. I’ve been practising it since a long time now. In fact, my husband (Anil Thadani, distributor) used to make fun of me. I would never shake hands with people because sometimes, some have clammy hands. We are celebs, so a lot of people want to, but you don’t know where it has been. I have been doing Namaste for seven-eight years now, especially since my children were born. Anyone coming from outside and wanting to hold them would have to use a sanitiser first,” says Tandon, adding how “we have abused this planet so much, that we can’t even step out of our homes. Also, so many maids and drivers, have lost their jobs. I’ve been requesting people to not lay them off as they depend on their salaries.”
The 45-year-old specially adds that misinformation being spread about linking the Covid-19 disease to pet animals was wrong, as some people began to abandon them. “I put up an Instagram post too about animals not being responsible for Covid-19,” says Tandon.
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Some amazing de-stress time ! At home doing what I love doing most cuddling up with my pet babies! With @actuallymaximuss 😍 #getsomelove Animals do not get or transmit Covid 19...Please don’t be misinformed. #QuarantinedbutnotConfined what is all of you doing ?send pics @alphaurbane nominated by Krisha Hinduja
Apart from this, the actor’s professional and travel commitments too have got impacted because of the situation. “I was supposed to be shooting in mid-April, but it has been pushed, and rightfully so. Everything should be. Luckily, we finished KGF 2’s schedule in February. I was supposed to go skiing in March to Verbier, Switzerland, and it got cancelled. We used to go every year. And one thing about hospitality in India. I have friends in the hotel industry, most of them in India have refunded most of their clients! But when Switzerland shut down, they didn’t refund. The only thing we were refunded for was cancellation as our flights were via Italy. Indians think by the heart,” she says.
As a mother, Tandon believes that this extended holiday period for her kids Ranbir and Rasha should be fruitful. “We have got great stuff planned, like movie evenings, I am showing them all the Hindi classics. Apart from books such as Anne Frank. I am also making them watch documentaries on varied things. Otherwise, it’s always school, homework and repeat,” she signs off.
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