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12:00 AM, April 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 23, 2020

Grapevine

Jaya's Request

Actor Jaya Ahsan has been in home quarantine for a while due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been urging others to stay home as well. Regarding this, she said, "We will only be safe if everyone stays at home. This is the only way to keep ourselves and our loved ones in good health. We can do whatever we like at home, like spending time with our family, listening to music, reading poetry and prose, and communicating with loved ones in anyways aside from going outside. We're only closing the door to our homes, not our hearts."

 

Sabnam Faria's Contributions

The world is stagnant because of the pandemic. The nationwide shutdown to contain the spread of the virus in Bangladesh has affected everyone's lives. Our entertainment industry is also going through a difficult time because of the lockdown. Just like other actors, Sabnam Faria has also been home quarantining. She recently shared what she has been doing at home. She said, "I am taking care of my mother. Previously, I did not know how to cook, but I have learned cooking now. I have also been drawing costume designs, and I try to do yoga regularly." She added, "I am trying to help people in need as much as I can, during this unprecedented crisis. I have contributed my one month's salary to the Actors' Equity and took part in director Mostafa Kamal Raz's initiative to help the poor. I also distributed food and basic necessity packages to one twenty families. And I plan to hand out more packages to one fifty families during the first week of Ramadan."

 

Salma with the People

Singer Salma donated relief materials and children's food both in and out of Dhaka through Safia Foundation. She said regarding it, "Due to the lockdown and scarcity of volunteers, it is very difficult to work outside if Dhaka. Still, Safia Foundation made sure to help as many people as possible. 300 families from Taragunia and Doulatpur received the donations. We plan on providing relief to more families in the future." She also encouraged the people to come forward and help the underprivileged, and also thanked those who assisted in providing the relief to places outside of Dhaka.

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