At a time when the world is scared of the Coronavirus and its impact, irresponsible behaviour by people, especially celebrities can evoke a sharp reaction. That’s what happened with singer Kanika Kapoor who allegedly hid her travel history when she landed in India from the UK and even attended parties. A few days ago, Kanika was diagnosed with Corona virus and was quarantined. However, that was not the only reason why people are suddenly against her. It emerged that Kanika may have unknowingly caused infection to over a 100 people because of the three events she attended after landing in India. Moreover, Kanika also complained about the lack of facilities in the Lucknow hospital where she was quarantined prompting the hospital authorities to issue a statement. She has also been booked by the police for hiding information.
Kanika’s behaviour has led to a lot of reactions and this is what some of the industry veterans have to say.
Anup Jalota: “London se aaya mera dost, dost ko quarantine karo…Kanika knows that I m observing 14 days rule of self-isolation after international travel, set by the Indian Government. We both arrived from London on different dates. She has made a mistake. I’m surprised to see many politicians also in the party that she attended. All are to be blamed equally.”
Udit Narayan: “I am very surprised at Kannikaji behaviour. She is an educated woman . How could she behave in this irresponsible manner? I am told she hid in the restroom at the airport to escape detection. How could she be so naïve? Bachche ki terah….What was she thinking? Now she has put all of Lucknow in danger.The Scindias who attended a party with her, and even the President of India is endangered by her careless behaviour. They are now saying they will book her for murder if anyone loses his life because of her. Why put yourself in such a compromised situation?We are living through very difficult times.Everyone needs to behave in a responsible way. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, the virus will threaten you. I heard Kanikaji on television after she created havoc.Tajjub hua unki badi-badi baatein sun kar (I was surprised by her big talk). Instead of folding her hands and asking the nation for forgiveness, she was trying to prove herself an innocent victim. Hadd ho gayi. It’s people’s lives we’re talking about. Please show some respect.”
Baabul Supriyo: “Very inappropriate and ‘Baby-Doll-ish’ behaviour. But I hope she recovers soon and I wish everyone who partied with her would come out safe and uncontaminated. Those who hosted the party and the ones who attended are also equally guilty of a very irresponsible act.”
Manoj Muntashir: ‘In times of national crisis we are expected to act like responsible citizens who care about their own health and the health of others. No party or celebration could be more important than life itself. Kanika should have exercised restraint. She is a celebrity, people follow her, she shouldn’t have set a wrong precedent.”
Talat Aziz: “What I heard from Kanika last night on NDTV was that she landed in Mumbai from LHR on the 9th of March and was screened which didn’t show any symptoms so she was allowed to go. But at the same time she should have not gone to any parties whether it was a birthday of a Holi as she had come back from the UK which is a state of lockdown now but even then there were quite a lot of cases there .Anup Jalota also landed from the UK I think on the 17th of March when he was also screened and didn’t show any symptoms but because of his age he was kept for observation at a hotel nearby for two days and later released to go home but quarantined for 14 days as a precaution which he is complying with. Now the thing is, whether Kanika Kapoor was informed about this at the airport that she should self-quarantine for 14 days at home is something we don’t know as there are conflicting reports.Everyone must observe the sanitation protocols strictly in order that we in India do not go to a Phase 3 from where we are at now. I can go on and on but there are professionals who are advising so it’s better left to them and we all should follow their instructions as this virus doesn’t differentiate between any religion caste class or gender.”
Lalit Pandit(Jatin-Lalit): ” It is a very irresponsible behaviour on Kanika’s part.These are strange times when we all depend upon each other to stay well so that we don’t suffer and we are each morally responsible to see that we don’t transmit this virus from ourselves to the other.. how could she do this and be so irresponsible beats me!”
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