Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently called out Bollywood celebrities for posting pictures from their Maldives vacation while the country is battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Bollywood celebrities have been facing flak in the past weeks for posting their vacation pictures while the country is dealing with the COVID-19 second wave. Maldives has been one of the most popular destination among celebs, and many actresses, like Janhvi Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Disha Patani had been posting their photos from the beach destination. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt too flew to Maldives recently, but haven’t shared any picture yet.
During an interview with Bollywood Hungama, when Nawaz was asked about stars posting vacation pictures, he said, “These entertainment celebrities posting vacation pictures at a time when the world is reeling under the worst recession. …Logon ke pass khana nahin hai aur aap paise phenk rahe ho. Kuch toh sharm karo. (people don’t have food to eat and you are splurging money, have some shame.)”
The actor also says that the celebs are posting about their vacation because they have nothing worthwhile to talk about. “What else will they talk about? Acting? They will run out of steam in two minutes. In logon ne Maldives ko tamasaha bana rakha hai. I don’t know what their arrangement is with the tourism industry. But for the sake of humanity, please keep these vacations to yourself. There is suffering everywhere. The cases of COVID are multiplying. Have a heart. Please don’t taunt those who are suffering,” he told
Nawaz feels the lack of empathy comes from an inability to talk about serious matters. “As a community we entertainers in India need to grow up.” So no plans of a holiday in Maldives? “No way. I am in my home town Budhana with my family. That’s my Maldives.”
Earlier actors like Amit Sadh and Shruti Haasan had also called this trend of posting vacation pictures during pandemic ‘insensitive’.