In these times of enforced isolation, what are Bollywood folk up to?
Subhash K Jha finds out.
The shooting of my next film with Rajkummar Rao has been pushed forward.
It's more important to stay safe in this situation.
Luckily, my whole family is here in one house.
I'm staying home and spending time with them.
I'm also utilising this time to read pending scripts that I haven't been able to read yet.
I came back from Budapest from shooting on March 15 and both Javed (Akhtar) and I have self-quarantined.
We have been counselling whomever we can to maintain a safe distance and wash hands with soap and water frequently.
Office staff are working from their homes.
Shooting schedules have been disrupted. Even table readings are cancelled.
With healthcare conditions in our country being what it is, we simply do not have the wherewithal to deal with the pandemic when it hits in full force -- over a million infections. Not enough ventilators, ICUs, hospital beds, etc, so we have to try and flatten the curve.
I participated in a board meeting of Chetna, an NGO I work with based in Ahmedabad, for two hours on zoom on my cell phone.
Trying to 'Marie Kondo' my house, starting with books, although it's really hard to part with them.
But I really want to de-clutter and get rid of stuff I haven't used for six months, whether it's clothes, bags or shoes.
I don't see the point of having a favourite sari or outfit if I can't repeat it.
I'm really glad Kate Middleton has been repeating her outfits and talking about sustainable fashion! Celebrities must set an example and repeat their clothes.
Both Javed and I have been reading, watching movies and resting.
I've recovered well from my road accident in January, but I have to get my strength back fully.
I am trying to find ways of remaining entertained and productive.
I am painting, learning dance routines from YouTube and doing my workouts from home.
I'm using this time to firstly SLEEP!
I have had a very sleep-deprived last few months and now I'm sleeping loads.
I'm also trying to focus on writing.
I've been attempting to finish a script that I was trying to work for the past year, but the acting work kept waylaying the writing work, so I'm getting back to that.
Apart from that reading, catching up on phone conversations and FaceTiming with friends and family and eating!
My snacking is going out of control.
I go for walks in my building garden sometimes.
The focus is on community health and to ensure that as a responsible citizen, I adhere to the basic rules laid down to help avert the spread of this pandemic.
I'm spending time with family in nearly complete isolation at my village.
I am on regular calls with my edit teams, with my writers for the next two films, with my casting director and I am realising that I am more productive this way when I am not shooting.
We spend so much time traveling to meet people and then in the meetings.
With technology, it's seamless and focused.
I'm catching up on a lot of reading and music.
I'm also cooking every day and trying new things with limited, local ingredients.
This terrible virus has put the world in jeopardy, but it has brought about a welcome lifestyle change, ensured conservation of resources and induced a more healthy work culture.
Hope we learn from this after it is over.
Reading. Writing. Watching. Listening. Sleeping. Eating. Pondering. Looking out the window.
Looking at myself. Looking at others. Yeah. Pretty busy!