The Bollywood industry usually faces criticism for staying mum on important matters, but after India’s bombing of terrorist-infested areas near to the LoC, celebs don't seem to be simply being vocal in expressing their concern and lauding the Indian Air Force but also showing solidarity in no matter whatever they can. On Thursday, Pakistan announced that it would release the IAF pilot in its custody by Friday, a decision that was welcome online by either side.
Several high-profile events have been called off in wake of the current scenario. Actor Diljit Dosanjh, who was to be in Delhi to inaugurate his wax statue at Madame Tussauds wax museum yesterday, decided to postpone the event. “Our soldiers are fighting hard to protect the Nation. We stand by our Soldiers. Amidst the tensions rising across the Nation, have decided to re-schedule the launch of #MadameTussauds WAX Statue,” he tweeted on Wednesday evening.
Soon after, Madame Tussauds also posted their official statement on Twitter that read, “...We all stand by our nation at this important juncture. We will inform you about the new launch schedule once it is finalised. We regret the inconvenience caused and hope to see you soon.”
Actor Akshay Kumar, who was set to promote his upcoming film Kesari on The Kapil Sharma Show has also tweaked the date of the shoot with some conditions. According to the sources, “Akshay and Kapil had a discussion and also the actor has pushed the shoot date for the comedy show by another two-three weeks. He has conjointly requested Kapil that people from the Armed Forces should be invited among the audience, so they can support the country and raise funds for Bharat Ke Veer.”
Day 2 of the News18 Rising India Summit on Tuesday was also cancelled. The organisers shared with us, “Senior government and political leaders are preoccupied with the situation arising out of unprecedented response to terror. All journalistic resources of News18 are being deployed to cover the story with the importance it deserves. As a result, Day 2 of the Rising India Summit today has been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
Actor Taapsee Pannu, who was one of the speakers for the summit, tells us, “For this event, the organisers had given us the reason that due to the unrest and also the proven fact that plenty of politicians who were a part of the event had to go in for an urgent meeting, the event was called off.”
A press conference for the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, scheduled to take place yesterday in Delhi, was also cancelled by Zee TV. A source from the channel informs us, “Considering the turbulent situation regarding the security in our country, the press conference with host Ravi Dubey has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.”
We have conjointly learned that the team of Brahmastra — actors Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt — has cancelled their visit to the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Alia Bhatt had tweeted a map, and captioned it, “So so excited for this. Find out soon #Prayagraj” but deleted it soon after. Amitabh had tweeted “Ek anokhi kahaani. Ek anokha aarambh. Stay tuned #Prayagraj” solely to delete it within a few minutes. Meanwhile, we at HT City also decided to stand in solidarity with the nation and cancel our in-house Stars in the City event with the cast of the film Luka Chuppi, Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in view of the current situation.