Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has lashed out at people from his own fraternity for insensitivity towards the suffering of millions of Indians amidst widespread deaths due to the latest wave of the pandemic. Nawazuddin said that entertainment celebrities should be ashamed of themselves for sharing vacation photos when millions struggled to save their loved ones during the pandemic.
Nawazuddin said that Bollywood actors had made a mockery of the Maldives with everyone heading towards the island nation on holiday. “In logon ne Maldives ko tamasaha bana rakha hai (These people have a mockery of Maldives).” I don’t know what their arrangement is with the tourism industry. But for the sake of humanity, please keep these vacations to yourself. There is suffering everywhere. The cases of Covid are multiplying. Have a heart. Please don’t taunt those who are suffering,” the celebrated actor was quoted by the Bollywood Hungama website.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui has become one of the very few Bollywood actors to publicly voice their sympathy for those, severely affected by the pandemic. His public criticism for people from his own fraternity came even as Sha Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Sachin Tendulkar, Akshay Kumar, and other celebrities faced condemnation for their silence on the pandemic as many alleged that the government in India had virtually collapsed.
Nawazuddin added, “These entertainment celebrities posting vacation pictures at a time when the world is reeling under the worst recession. Logon ke paas khana nahin hai aur aap paise phenk rahe ho. Kuch toh sharam karo. (People don’t have food to eat and you are spending money like water. Have some shame).”
Top Bollywood names who recently flown to the Maldives included Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Disha Patani, Tiger Shroff, Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor and Ananya Panday among others.
On the work front, Nawazuddin would next be seen in Jogira Sara Ra Ra.
India on Saturday recorded more nearly 3.5 lakh COVID-19 cases as the new wave of the pandemic wreakved havoc all around the country.