I was scared that we might be stopped by the police, but luckily, nothing happened: Ruslaan Mumtaaz on his son’s birth during lockdown


Actor Ruslaan Mumtaaz and wife Nirali Mehta welcomed their first child on March 25, 2019 amid the Coronavirus lockdown. In an interview to a leading tabloid, the actor revealed that he was anxious while driving Nirali to the hospital and handling the situation.

“It was a normal delivery and the baby was born at 4 am on Thursday. Around 9 pm on Wednesday, Nirali went into labour and all of us panicked because we had to rush from our Juhu home to the hospital, which is located at Marine Lines. Due to social distancing, we didn’t take any of our family members with us. We did not see a single person on the road and it was quite eerie. I was scared that we might be stopped by the police, but luckily, nothing happened and we reached the hospital in half an hour. Nirali’s father, who is a radiologist at the hospital, was already waiting for us when we reached. The hospital was also empty, with only the staff members present. Thankfully, everything went smooth and we are parents to a lovely baby boy,” Ruslaan said in a statement.


Yesterday was a very eventful day in my life and I thank all of you for giving us all your love and wishes. It all seemed so cool yesterday saying that a super hero is born in the time of crisis but today reality hit me. In my excitement of CHOTA BABYs arrival I completely forgot what's going on in the real world right now but today I got a reality check when we were told that we are going to be moved to a different floor at the hospital because our floor was being isolated only for covid-19 patients. Initially we were just stressed about changing rooms because we were booked for 3nights and had already unpacked our stuff but when our doctor, pediatrician and nurses all told us that since Nirali and Chota Baby are doing well we should go back home immediately, that's when we realised there is no place that is safe except for homes, not even a hospital. At this hour let's pray for each other, for our babies, for babies who are born during these uncertain times, for people who are stranded in cities away from their homes, for our elders and try to keep ourselves mentally strong. We will fight this because we all have super heroes within us. Our super heroes will rise when needed. Untill then Give love and receive love. I'll do my bit, you do yours but from the safety of your own home. #pray #god #chotababy #destiny #superhero

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The actor also revealed he was shooting for a film in Karjat but had to come home due to the cancellation of the shoot because of the lockdown. He now plans to take care of the baby at home as a nanny would no longer be able to join them in such a scenario.

(Source: Bombay Times)