The 21-day nationwide lockdown has brought the professional work of Bollywood celebrities to a halt, but the stars have found themselves playing multiple roles for their kids in quarantine- from being their teachers to engaging with them in activities as friends. India is currently under the lockdown with around 1.3 billion people asked to stay home in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Have a look at how many celebs like Sunny Leone, Karan Johar, Shilpa Shetty, and others are spending time with their kids.
Actor Neha Dhupia, who has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mehr with actor-husband Angad Bedi, says the couple is trying to follow the routine that their daughter would've had at school. "I'm spending a lot of time with my daughter, teaching her things, trying to follow a syllabus that she would be because she goes to Parent Toddler.
She was learning a lot at her school with me but now I'm trying to keep the same rhythm going and teaching her everything, from numbers, to alphabets, to reading more books," Dhupia told PTI.
For Angad, the lockdown has come with a silver lining. As both Neha and him were "always on the go", the quarantine period is bringing him closer to her daughter. "There is joy in spending time with one another. To see our little one grow up in front of us. I had missed her for 21 days when she was away with her mom on ‘Roadies’. When I left her, she wasn't walking, she was crawling. She has now come back to me, obviously gained some inches in height and is walking, finding her way.It is the most heartening thing to see."
The "Inside Edge" actor says Mehr is a quick learner—she tries to pull off the downward dog pose as she watches Neha do Yoga. "I try to paint with her, as much as I can. It's just amazing to see her scribble all over her notebooks, magazines. I try to figure out if she's left handed or right, but as of now she's using both her hands! These are the little things you watch really closely,” Angad said.
Actor Sunny Leone, who has three children—daughter Nisha and two sons Noah and Asher—has also shifted her focus to homeschooling, which she says "is not necessarily hard." "It is a process that takes a few hours to complete, depending on the activity. It's amazing because it provides a structure for Nisha, she's able to keep on learning and keep observing the information she'd normally do in school," the actor said.
Leone understands that virtual learning can deprive children of on-ground learning, but amid a crisis such as this, she, along with her husband Daniel, are doing everything to make the kids comfortable. "Of course she's missing her friends, outdoor activities and her amazing teachers, but Daniel and I are trying our best. The boys also have their online schooling that's happening as well. They are only two but the little bit of interaction they have with their teachers during classes does help with their learning."
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been documenting her parenting on Instagram, uploading snippets with her son Viaan, where the duo is exercising, baking and learning new crafts. Describing parenting in quarantine as a "dichotomy of emotions," Shilpa wrote in one of her posts, "I am concerned about what’s happening around us while we are hoping and praying for the situation to get better across the world, I’m also valuing and spending extra time with Viaan every day."
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One of the greater joys of life is to see your efforts coming to fruition in this circle of life; whether it is about starting a new venture, seeing your child grow up or just the plants you nurture bearing vegetables and fruits for you to enjoy. Planted these seeds in pots a few months ago and was thrilled to see brinjals and chillies ready to be harvested 🍆🌶😍 As they say, what you sow, so you shall reap. Clean organic produce. Same with your thoughts actually, think clean and positive; and the fruits those thoughts manifest into will be beautiful. C’est la vie! Mother Nature never fails to amaze me. Today, I’m grateful for the fresh produce and for nature’s many blessings... Oh also, the Baingan Ka Bharta we had for lunch was delicious 😍 . . . . . #20DaysOfGratefulness #Day13 #stayhome #staysafe #stayindoors #gratitude #IndiaFightsCorona #MotherNature #throwback
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My 68-year-old Mom-in-law working out and I sneaked up on her... this is sooo inspiring. She’s highly diabetic but just the fact that she takes the time out to walk (even if it’s around the house) or do yoga/stretch or breathe... she makes that effort. I respect the discipline she maintains, only shows that she ‘values’ her health. This video is so inspiring, it is proof that it’s never too late to start. She’s gonna kill me for posting this, but I had to... Love you and your spirit mom... So grateful for all your blessings and for the fact that you inspire us all❤️🧿🤗🌈 . . . . . #MondayMotivation #20DaysOfGratefulness #Day11 #FitIndia #SwasthRahoMastRaho #gratitude #family #fitness #homeworkout #stayhome #staysafe
Actor Tisca Chopra is aware that the lockdown will take a toll on kids, who perhaps don't understand why everything, from their school to open spaces have suddenly shut. In an Instagram post, the actor, who has a seven-year-old daughter, said kids may not have an idea how to express their feelings but can sure process and know "instinctively" that adults aren't being the normal self, considering the anxiety that they are going through.
"Kids have to be patient beyond their years and understanding, at this crazy time. So, I gave Tara am the tightest hug today. Kids don’t deserve the world we are making them live in right now. A big hug from me to all of your kids at home.
The stars, however, believe that parenting in quarantine does not mean losing focus from oneself. While Neha and Angad are learning new crafts—the former is trying to sharpen her kitchen skills and staying fit—Leone said she was just trying to strike a balance.
The actor, who recently started her digital chat show "Locked up with Sunny", said, "I do the show while the children are sleeping so that they aren't missing anything and I don't either. I get to do my own thing for a while, I've got 90-min to two hours in a day that are just for me so I figured why not have a show and have some fun.
Karan Johar too is having fun with his kids, Yash and Roohi and has also started a series of videos with hashtag #lockdownwiththejohars. Just recently, she shared a video of his kids having fun during tea time.
-With PTI Inputs