The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, on Friday, addressed his countrymen with respect to the alarming spread of the novel COVID-19. The rapid growth of the virus has confined the citizens to their homes and has become a cause of panic and worry. To ease the stressful situation and to show unity as a country, Mr. Modi urged people to step out in their respective balconies and light a candle, diya or flash a torchlight. Extending support to this initiative, Bollywood showed in large numbers.
Shah Rukh Khan's and Gauri Khan's youngest son, AbRam Khan extended his support and gratitude towards authorities working for the safety of the country.
Madhuri Dixit lit diyas as a mark of respect for those helping the city win the battle against Coronavirus.
Rajinikanth along with his wife also lit candles at their residence. South star Mahesh Babu was also a part of the initiative's success.
Kangana Ranaut, who is currently in Manali, her hometown, lit diyas all around her house.
Lighting the not only as an appreciation for first responders, but also as a sign that ‘this too shall pass’. In this time of self-isolation — when the anxiety of loneliness is at its peak— it is important to keep the fire burning, and remember that we are all in this together. #99 #9baje9minute
Shilpa Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, R Madhavan and Anil Kapoor also participated in the initiative.
#9baje9minute .. we did it.. Hope you did too. Sending everyone, love , light and gratitude. Thankyou @narendramodi ji for suggesting this gesture and lighting up our lives with positivity and strength We will overcome this.... Together #proudindian #grace #strength #positivity #together #everythingwillbealright #standtogether
#9baje9minute: Anil Kapoor lights a candle on PM #Modi's request to show solidarity against #Coronavirus fight. . . #covid19 #bollywood #9baje9minutes #india #narendramodi #peepingmoon #peepingmoonbollywood #corona #bollywoodnews #bollywoodcelebrity #anilkapoor @anilskapoor
Neena Gupta, taking part in Mr. Modi's campaign to show unity, lit candles. Hema Malini, along with her daughter Esha Deol and son-in-law Bharat Takhtani lit diyas.
As our Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji urged citizens of India to light candles and show solidarity towards people who are relentlessly working for us and fighting against #Coronavirus. My daughter Esha and son in law Bharat joined me in lighting diyas and candles. Together lets fight the situation. Stay strong. Stay safe. Jai Hind. #9baje9minute #9minutesforindia
Vaani Kapoor, Neha Dhupia and Soha Ali Khan participated too.