Even when the majority of Bollywood actors are contemplating to begin work, Akshay Kumar has already shot for an awareness ad and a few other advertisements amid the COVID-19 crisis. Not only this but the actor is all set to resume the shoot of Bell Bottom and Atrangi Re soon. Now, the actor, who announced his next film titled Raksha Bandhan yesterday, talked about getting back to work.
Talking about resuming work amid the pandemic, Akshay said, "Of course, I was (afraid), but for how long can you live in fear? Initially, when the pandemic started, very little was known about the virus – the way it affects a person. So, there was a lot of fear. Now, with time, we know more and also that it’s possible to beat it if we’ve a good immune system. Hence, I decided to get back to work taking all the precautions, not just for me but the entire unit."
When asked if he feels people must re-start work now, Akshay said, "I’ve a simple question: if not now, then when? So many people have lost their jobs [during the lockdown] and were pushed into poverty. I’m sorry but if we keep waiting for a vaccine, then, before the virus, people will get badly affected by unemployment. I think we all need to, slowly and safely, get back to normal life where a mask will be your essential companion."
On his family's support, he said, "I’m very fortunate that my family has been so supportive. They understand where I’m coming from, that one just can’t stay cooped up at home forever. Eventually, will have to step out and start working. I’ve just decided to do it before anyone else."
(Source: Hindustan Times)