LOCKDOWN DIARIES

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Sitting at home since mid-March due to the lockdown, almost all of India is bored. Bollywood stars, who need to be in the limelight for the sake of their image, are perhaps more than just bored. By now they have cooked, cleaned, baked, learned music, played with pets, done shayari and done their workouts to stay in the social media spotlight a zillion time over. All of them, it is obvious, are itching to return to the film set, and be back in the world of lights, camera and action.

Riteish-Genelia recreate ‘Saajan’ magic on TikTok
Locked up with each other during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia has found an exciting way to kill time! The couple has taken to TikTok for time pass and has shared an adorable video which is winning hearts on social media! In the video, Riteish and Genelia can be seen performing with the evergreen love song “Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai” from the 1991 romantic superhit film “Saajan” which originally featured Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt. However, instead of using the original melodious track sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik, the celeb-couple performed with a remixed version of the number sung by Atif Aslam. Riteish-Genelia’s on-screen romance reflects their bonding in real life as well. Fans are loving the video on Instagram and flooded the post with comments like “Lovely couple”, “Best couple” and “Favourite jodi”.

Kriti Sanon is having a ‘pawsome’ time
Kriti Sanon’s pet dogs Disco and Phoebe have been winning hearts on the internet lately. Ever since the actress has been on quarantine, she has been sharing their photos and videos on Instagram.
Kriti shared a video where Disco and Phoebe can be seen licking her cheeks as she cuddles them while lying down on the bed. “Morning licks and love! Pawsome morning everyone! I woof you too!” captioned the actress.
That fans absolutely loved the video is reflected in their comments. One fan commented: “Cuteness overload”. Another fan wrote: “Cute and adorable”. Another fan expressed: “Your dogs are so cute!”

Alia Bhatt the baker dishes out a cute kitchen pic
Actress Alia Bhatt has turned to baking to while away her lockdown hours, and her moment in the kitchen in casual pajamas has gone viral. Alia’s sister Shaheen took to her Instagram to share a photograph of the actress in her pajamas. In the monochrome image, the actress, who looked pretty in a casual t-shirt and pajamas, is flashing a big smile for the camera as she is standing in her kitchen. In the caption, Shaheen said that Alia was making a pudding. “Little pudding making pudding,” she wrote. During the lockdown period, the sisters are experimenting in the kitchen. Recently, Alia shared a set of drool-worthy images of the chocolate cake and banana bread on her Instagram, writing: “Stayed home and … baked a little with the sister. Shaheen Bhatt made the real chocolate cake and I made the grain-free paleo banana bread.” Meanwhile, on the film front, Alia will be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra”, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor, and “Sadak 2”.

Juhi Chawla turns gardener
Actress Juhi Chawla is spending some environment-friendly quarantine as she was recently spotted sowing seeds in her garden. Taking to Instagram, Juhi posted a few pictures that show her posing with the shrubs. “Ye dekho …!!! Mera naya kaam … preparing beds for methi, kothmir and planted tomatoes …!!… abhi dekhte hain kya hota hai,” Juhi captioned the images. Amid the lockdown, Juhi has been quite active on social media. She has been sharing a lot of throwback pictures of herself, ushering in a wave of nostalgia among her fans.

Varun Dhawan misses going to Juhu beach
Actor Varun Dhawan has shared a video of the Juhu Beach in Mumbai amidst lockdown. He says Mother Nature will heal this situation. Now Varun is missing spending time at the beach here. “Juhu beach… I have grown up here, played, spent a lot of my childhood on this beach and now we can’t go out and touch the water. Mother Nature will heal this situation I truly believe it. #besafebehome Video courtesy- google,” he captioned the video that shows the beauty of the beach. His caption went well with the video’s background music — ‘Hum honge kamyaab’. On the film front, he was last seen on the big screen in “Street Dancer 3D” earlier this year. He is now looking forward to his next film “Coolie No. 1”.

Kajal Aggarwal learns to make khasta samosas from mum
South star Kajal Aggarwal has turned into quite an expert chef thanks to lockdown quarantine! The actress recently showed off her skills at baking a carrot cake, and now she is trying her hand at whipping up the perfect Punjabi khasta samosa. Kajal revealed she got the recipe from her “master chef mommy”, sharing photos of the freshly-made crispy samosas. “My first attempt ever at making this (if I may say so myself!) decadent, very punjabi #KhastaSamosa . Such fun learning the art of manoeuvring the dough into the perfect cones under the fine tutelage (and very strict quality control) of my master chef mommy @vinayagg2060 #learningnewskills #samosaloverforever,” Kajal wrote on Instagram. Fans thought her effort did look yummy. “You are making me hungry,” wrote a user. Lauding the actress’ efforts, another fan wrote: “Multi talented”. Recently, Kajal had baked a gluten free, sugar free and low calorie carrot cake and also shared recipe with her fans.

Neena Gupta mows the lawn
Actress Neena Gupta is putting her lockdown time to good use by mowing the lawn. Neena took to Instagram, where she shared a video of herself holding a lawn mower and cutting the grass. “Dum laga ke haee sha,” Neena, who is seen dressed in a white shirt and dark green pants, captioned the image, which currently has over 106K views. Earlier, Neena posted a video on her Instagram account in which she is seen sewing the curtains of her house. She took upon herself to do the chore as she is unable to call a tailor amid the serious health crisis. “Arre yaar kachchi ho gaee sabke samne,” Neena captioned the video. In the video, she is also heard telling her followers about the domestic science classes in her school days, wherein she learnt to stitch. On the work front, Neena will be seen sharing screen space with her daughter Masaba in her Netflix’s show “Masaba Masaba “.

Janhvi Kapoor gets sister Khushi to be her hairdresser
Its’s Siblings Day today, and actress Janhvi Kapoor has posted a video to share how her younger sister Khushi has turned hairdresser for her, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Taking to Instagram Story, Janhvi uploaded a video where she can be seen getting her hair done by Khushi. “Getting me all dressed up to go nowhere,” she captioned the video. In the video, Janhvi is also seen enjoying gorging on a pastry. On the film front, Janhvi will next be seen in “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”, “RoohiAfza” “Takht” and “Dostana 2”. Janhvi and Khushi are the daughters of late superstar Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor. Janhvi made her Bollywood debut in 2018 opposite Ishaan Khatter in “Dhadak”. Earlier this year, she was seen in the Netflix film “Ghost Stories”.

Richa Chadha turns scriptwriter
Actress Richa Chadha is utilising the lockdown to hone her scriptwriting skills. She says it all started with penning down a few thoughts and that just soon became an interesting idea. “It all started with penning down a few thoughts and that just soon became an interesting idea. Soon enough, it started looking like a concept I would like to develop. It’s a comedy, my favourite genre. The premise is hilarious,” Richa said. She added that she wants to write something and focus on why people should prioritise. “The fact that all our lives have come to a screeching halt has made me contemplate the fragility of human existence. I want to write something that focuses on why people should prioritize what’s necessary. Too often we are all so busy chasing things, that we forget to spare a thought for ourselves and what really matters to us,” she said. The lockdown has helped her explore her creative side. “It has been bottled up within me for a long time and the entire lockdown phase has accelerated my creative side. I am just putting together the skeletal structure and will then start looking for a screenplay writer,” she said.

Katrina Kaif works out as her sister Isabelle films
Katrina Kaif spends a whole lot of time working out to stay active during self-quarantine, and who should play the professional cameraperson to capture the Bollywood star’s fitness moves but her sister Isabelle.
Katrina shared a couple of split-screen videos on her Instagram account where she can be seen working out at her building’s terrace, while her trainer Yasmin Karachiwala also sweats it out at her home due to social distancing.
Katrina captioned: “#WorkoutFromHome #Part2. Since we are all practicing #SocialDistancing @yasminkarachiwala and I worked out at our homes and put the workouts together for you to do at yours. Stay home stay safe.”
In the introductory video, Katrina says: “Since we are all still practicing social distancing, I am going to be doing my workout from home, Yas is going to do it from her house and we are going to do split screen. We are going to do a 10-minute warm-up and a 20-25 minutes full body routine.

Diljit Dosanjh flaunts his culinary skills
Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh has donned the chef’s hat amid lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Diljit on Monday night took to his Instagram stories, where he shared a video of himself cooking and channelling his inner cook. In the clips, Diljit showed step-by-step on how to make “Nutri keema matar”. On the acting front, Diljit was last seen on screen in “Good Newwz”, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani.

Sunny Leone comes up with online chat show
Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, actress Sunny Leone started her chat show on Instagram. The show, titled “Lockdown with Sunny”, will see Sunny in conversation with several celebrities, including Daboo Ratnani and Mandana Karimi. For the first episode, she invited YouTube sensation Anisha Dixit as her online guest. “It was my idea to just have fun with our fans and people on Insta.It is all about light hearted conversations with funny things and details about the guest,” Sunny said. In a recent interaction, Sunny also shared how she is spending time with her three kids at home. “I have three kids …right now my main focus is on home schooling. I have to teach them. Make them learn new things at home. I am being creative enough to keep them busy during lockdown,” Sunny added.

Malaika Arora has dished out besan ladoos
Actress-model Malaika Arora can cook too! Those who have a sweet tooth should visit her Instagram story, to check out besan ladoos she has dished out. Taking to her social media, Malaika posted a couple of videos that give a glimpse of her culinary skills as she sets about making the laddoos. Sharing a picture of the ladoos, Malaika wrote: “Cook, clean, workout, staying positive, sleep, some introspection, family time, repeat. All the perks of staying at home.”
Praising her cooking skills, a user commented: “Ladoos look so tempting.” Another one commented: “Please share the recipe.” Malaika was currently seen judging dance reality show titled “India’’s Best Dancer”. Apart from Malaika, choreographer Geeta Kapoor and Terence Lewis are a part of the show, hosted by comedian Bharti Singh and her husband writer Haarsh Limbachiyaa.

Hrithik Roshan hones piano skills
Amid lockdown, Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has been trying to hone his piano skills even as his former wife Sussanne Khan photobombs him. Hrithik shared a video of him playing the piano, wherein he said that while he’s just learning to play the musical instrument Sussanne is busy “surveying my home for design irregularities.” He captioned it: “Inspired by the 21 day learning challenge by Vedantu (and my little pianists at home). So, I’m on mission piano. PS: Great for activating both sides of the brain by the way. Great initiative by Vedantu to spread the word on growth and learning. #21dayLearningchallenge by @vedantu_learns. “For Kids Grade 1-12 and those appearing for JEE and NEET. #onlinelearning #free #keeplearning #keepgrowing#noexcuses #startnow #keepexploring#stayhome #staysafe. Photobomb courtesy: Sussanne Khan. Currently surveying my home for design irregularities.” Hrithik’s clip currently has a whopping 1 million views on Instagram.