On Sunday, people across the country switched off the lights in their homes and came to their balconies with diyas and candles at 9 pm for 9 minutes, as a symbolic gesture of the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Bollywood stars too, extended their support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘9 pm 9 minutes initiative.’
Among those who lit up candles and diyas were Ranveer Singh and Deepika Paukone, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Kartik Aaryan, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut and others.
While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan lit diyas with daughter Aaradhya with the temple at their home, actor Anushka Sharma took to Instagram to share pictures of herself lighting diyas with her husband and cricketer Virat Kohli.
“I light a diya every day for many years now. And as I light the diya I seek guidance, asking for the darkness in me to be dispelled. For many days since the turn of the recent events across the world, I have prayed to God to end the suffering of so many who are losing their lives without their families beside them, for the less-fortunate and the needy whose lives have turned upside down completely, for all the healthcare professionals who are working tirelessly & bravely to protect the lives of other beings, for those who are uncertain about their jobs and future. So tonight, I prayed extra for everyone and I lit diyas with the whole of India and we all prayed for each other. Prayers never go in vain,” Anushka wrote in her caption.
Akshay Kumar also shared a photo where he can be seen lighting up a diya, making a reference to the dark days due to coronavirus pandemic and how we will eventually emerge victorious.
Aishwarya also shared pictures of her husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya Bachchan lighting diyas to show support for PM Narendra Modi’s ‘9pm 9 minutes’ call. The pictures were taken in their puja ghar.
Ranveer Singh took to his Instagram handle to share an endearing picture of himself along with his lovely wife Deepika Padukone. In the photo, Ranveer and Deepika can be seen glowing in the light of the dimply lit candle.
Last month, a host of Bollywood celebrities, including Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Kangana Ranaut, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Varun Dhawan, came out in support of PM Narendra Modi’s janta curfew initiative to pay tribute to essential service providers such as medical professionals.
The coronavirus pandemic, which started in China in December last year, has recorded over a million cases worldwide. There are 3,577 confirmed cases in India so far, with 83 deaths. However, 274 of those who tested positive for the virus, have recovered.