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Bollywood stars speak on swine flu

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As the nation panics after the outbreak of swine flu our Bollywood stars have their own take on the dreaded disease. We spoke to some of our Bollywood stars for their take on the disease and the panic that is surrounding it.

Bipasha Basu- “I"m in London. But I heard about it. It"s really sad and scary. I hope things return to normal very soon."

Shabana Azmi- “The swine flu has not really affected our lives at all. The hysteria it has generated can only hamper the cure. Instead of apportioning blame we should act as responsible citizens and make sure the citizens are alerted, warned and informed about the disease."

Hema Malini- “I"m not able to understand the gravity of it. I"m scheduled to perform at several places for Janmashtami. But now the shows are being cancelled and I feel the seriousness of the situation. We shouldn"t take it lightly. We need to be very careful."

Vidya Balan- “The swine flu just got scarier because it"s in our city now. And the civic conditions and the large population make us vulnerable. Some say the media is exaggerating and creating panic, but I think it"s better safe, than sorry. Let"s hope it abates sooner than later."

Shekhar Kapoor- “I"m trying to differentiate between rumor and reality. My daughter"s school has shut down. And I was supposed to be back in New York this week. Now I"ve had to re-evaluate my plans."

Amrita Arora (She"s expecting a baby)- “It"s definitely shaken me. Instead of panicking I"m following orders. I"m wearing mask. I"ve a sanitizer by my bedside. And I"m trying to instruct my staff to take precautions. We"ve to stay calm."

Minissha Lamba- “It has definitely made one more cautious. Normal movement is restricted. That"s the least we can do to ensure it doesn"t get out of hand."

Kabir Khan- “There"s a huge over-reaction. But the shutting of schools suits me because I"m taking the kids and rushing off to the Malaysian jungles to be with my wife Mini who"s shooting there."
Tusshar Kapoor- “I"m taking precautions. Trying not to panic. Unfortunately my film this week cannot be released on time due to the flu scare."

Neha Dhupia- “I"m in Los Angeles and very worried because the swine flu is all that pops up on the Internet, every time I speak to anyone back home. The key is not to panic and to take action as soon as possible and only if the symptoms pop up."

Rensil D"Silva- “I lost two days shooting of my film Qurbaan in Pune, which I"ll make up for, when I shoot the climax. That apart, the flu scare hasn"t affected me."

Amole Gupte- “It"s love during the time of swine flu. The family is indoors for a change. No option but to be happy bonding over varan-bhaat and televised paranoia."

Rajeev Khandelwal- “There are huge warning hoardings outside the studio where we"re currently shooting. There"re doctors on the set. And that"s a tad scary."

Shahana Goswami- “It"s not affected me. But I see the effect on others. There"s such paranoia about in the media and in the people. Hopefully that won"t spread the disease further."

Shreyas Talpade- “I"m in Mauritius trying to be as careful as possible."

Rohit Roy- “In some ways the swine flu scare has affected my family. We"re really concerned for our baby, and my mom as kids and older people are more susceptible. Also, Mumbayites have become extremely wary of anyone who is even remotely infected with a common cold. Professionally, as though recession wasn"t enough we"ve theatres shutting down due to swine flu. But I still say it"s just a virus and we can fight it."

Sonu Sood- “I"ve been traveling a lot. The swine flu scare is a hassle at the airport. It takes extra time. Less people are stepping out. I hope it gets over quickly."

Ranvir Shorey- “The roads are deserted in the evening. People, wearing masks on the streets is scary. But they don"t know the masks need to be changed every three hours to be effective."

Riya Sen- “I"m taking all the precautions possible. I"ve ensured that my staff at work and at home including building watchmen wear masks."

Purab Kohli- “It"s scary, though I do feel there"s a certain amount of sensationalism by the news channels. At home we"re just making sure our immunity is kept at a high level."
Anjana Sukhani- “Mom doesn"t let me go out. And there"re people on the streets with masks. It"s definitely scary."

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