16 April 2020
Bhubaneswar: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, in a video posted on Instagram, urged everyone to pray with their families at the confines of their homes and venture out only for essentials. In a sharp message, he says that God resides in us and we need not go out to pray when worshipping with family is more than enough.
In an approximately 10-minute hard-hitting video, he begins in typical TV reality show 'Big Boss' style with a 'Hello, namaste, salaam, sasriyakaal, kem cho' and goes on to say 'Zindagi ka Bigg Boss' has begun with the entire country staying in lockdown mode at home.
The 54-year-old reminded that God resides in us and praying with family is the best form of worshipping and for that, we need not step out of our homes. "Don't go out, don't do social gatherings, stay with your family, the government has said if you are doing namaaz, do it at home, do pooja-path at home..." the actor said, adding that those who had a wish to kill their families should step out.
“By being careless we are stepping towards death. Your carelessness will not only put you at risk but also your family and eventually your community, city and state,” said Khan.
"Go out get your ration, nobody is stopping you, go nearby but wear your masks, your gloves, go alone," the actor said underlining that the government has assured that everybody will get ration.
The ‘Dabangg’ star asked his fans to take the COVID-19 scare seriously and ardently follow the government’s guidelines. He also lauded medical professionals, bankers and police personnel who are known to put in long hours to curb the spread of coronavirus and urged people to respect their work and stay inside.
The actor said policemen would not have taken action and hit people if they followed guidelines and stayed inside. "If you weren't going out with friends, police wouldn't have hit you. Do you think police are enjoying it?" he asked.
"Doctors and nurses are working to save your lives and what do you do? You started pelting stones at them? Those who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, are running away from the hospitals. Where are you running? Towards life or death?" he questioned in his video.
Salman concluded by urging people to respect the work of the doctors, nurses, police personnel and those who work in banks, take care to ensure that the disease does not spread further and pray that it does not come to a situation where the military has to be called in to stop people from doing the wrong thing.