Amidst the nationwide lockdown, filmmaker R Balki and Akshay Kumar had come together to shoot an ad film for central government’s Coronavirus awareness campaign. The public service advertisement shot for the Health Ministry is finally out.
The ad film was shared on the micro-blogging site Twitter by the Press Information Bureau. They shared the one and half minute long advertisement alongside the caption, “Our battle with #COVID19 is not over, but we will not be afraid of the virus. We will take all precautions and we are going to move on with our lives.”
In the ad, we see Akshay playing a villager. As he steps outside his house wearing a mask. The sarpanch of his village asks him where he is going amidst the lockdown, to which the actor replies that he is going to work.
The Sarpanch then questions him about what he will do if he contracts the virus, then Akshay lists down the number of precautions he will take like wearing a mask and maintaining social distance while at work. He even says that every day when many frontline warriors are going to work then how can he sit at home. And even if by chance he gets infected then he has full faith in the government who has made all the necessary arrangements to treat the patients.
The ad ends with the actor saying, “Coronavirus se hamein ladai jaari rakhni padegi par uses dare me nahi puri savdhaani ke sath dat karke. Ruki hui zindagi ko sage badhaye…Desh ko aatmanirbhar banaye. Jai Hind.”
Earlier talking about the ad being shot during the lockdown, R Balki had told PTI, “This is an ad for the health ministry featuring Akshay Kumar about the post lockdown responsibilities of each one of us. We need to get back to work but ensure our safety and those of others. So at our shoot, we did the same. Like getting back to work with social distancing, sanitised outdoor set, disinfectant screen, masks. We got used to it in a few minutes. There was a minimal crew and very strict protocols followed.”
It was only yesterday when the Maharastra government permitted films & serial shootings in non-containment zones. Once lockdown is lifted we all have to be more careful while trying to bring our lives back to its routine self.
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