From using masks to sanitisers, television shows highlight COVID-19 precautionary measures


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It was not just Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, but other shows too used the current situation in their storyline. The entire family was seen contributing to the household chores, some happily, while others unwillingly. While conversing, they even made sure to pass on the message of taking precautions during the coronavirus pandemic. An earlier sequence in the same episode had Kartik (Mohsin Khan) getting his wife to use the sanitiser before helping her wear gloves and face shield. Talking about the same, Sakhuja shared with us that an influential medium like television should be used to highlight protective measures against coronavirus. Their favourite characters were masked, and even using sanitisers. If incorporating these small things can help people or give them the right idea, then we will feel we won a part of the battle. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai TV writer Sharad Tripathi had confirmed the same to indianexpress.com and shared that while it is a task to do so, there is no other way. “In such times, it is important to make use of mediums that can influence people in the right way. Written by Sana Farzeen
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Published: July 14, 2020 7:39:05 pm

On the July 13 episode of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Kartik helped Naira wear a face shield before she left the house. (Photo: PR Handout)
Touching upon the ongoing pandemic, Yeh Hai Chahatein included various topics in its episode. Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega (Zee TV) featured a sequence where the lead characters Guddan and Akshat (Kanika Mann and Nishant Malkani) come home after a break. On the same, Tripathi had shared, “It is a challenge for us to incorporate these important messages in an entertaining way. She also stressed on the importance of wearing a mask when outdoors. (Photo: Voot)
While makers promise to keep educating the audience about necessary COVID-19 precautions, they also assure that there would be no lack of entertainment. We have been told that most channels asked show makers to promote these safety measures, given these serials are watched by people across the globe. Television has a wide reach and these topics need to be touched upon.”
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Last week, Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki also had a sequence where Preeto (Kamya Punjabi) handed over a bottle of sanitiser as a guest entered her house. We are ensuring it’s candid and does not look too forced.”
Kamya Punjabi’s character greets her guest with the request to use sanitiser. The other characters also spoke about using their scarf since they forgot to carry a mask in public. (Photo: Disney+ Hotstar)
Everyone who managed to catch TV shows last night were taken aback. On Tuesday’s episode, Aahana (Aishwarya Sakhuja) will be seen talking about online classes, and how that would help students to continue with education during these times. A video from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is already going viral where two characters Naira and Sita Chaudhary (Shivangi Joshi and Alka Kaushal) are interacting, while wearing masks. The lead actors are seen wearing masks and gloves and also have a conversation with the family on what they did during the lockdown. As new episodes rolled out, the characters were seen chatting about how househelps have been asked to go on leaves. Writers were directed to smartly weave COVID-19 precautions in the storyline. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. While the two workout, Alia was seen reminding her best friend to maintain social distancing at all times.