January 17 : The Pune Police has been campaigning for Covid-19 awareness by using the popular song from legend actor-director-producer Raj Kapoor's film Mera Naam Joker. Raj Kapoor’s granddaughter, Kareena Kapoor Khan reacted to the campaign.
On Sunday, Kareena took to Instagram and shared a video by a media portal, wherein a cop can be seen singing the popular song Aye Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo, giving a twist to it. In the video, a policeman can be seen singing the song with twist in lyrics that make people alert and aware of Covid-19 precautions. He tells how coronavirus is not just a normal cold or flu. The policeman sings and tells people to keep their mouth and nose always covered with mask. Sharing the video, Kareena captioned it as, "Brilliant video!” Along with clapping hands emoji, she also tagged Pune Police and added the hashtag #RajKapoor with a red heart emoji.
While Covid cases are increasing in an alarming rate, Maharashtra has been one of the worst hit states. Kareena shared the video on the day when Maharashtra reported 41,327 new Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours. The state also reported eight new cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19, taking the state figure of Omicron to 1,738.
Mera Naam Joker was released in 1970, which was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor under his banner RK Films. Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, the film starred Raj Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Kseniya Ryabinkina and Padmini in supporting roles. The film also starred Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Dara Singh and Rajendra Kumar. The film marked screen debut of Raj Kapoor's son Rishi Kapoor. One of the lengthiest films of Indian cinema, the film's music, composed by Shankar Jaikishan, is still very popular today. While the film is regarded as a classic one, it did not do well at the box office, reportedly putting Raj Kapoor in financial crisis. Later, an abridged version was released in the 1980s, which became highly successful at the box office.
Last month, Kareena had tested positive for Covid-19. She was quarantined at home, away from her sons Taimur and Jeh. It was alleged that Kareena and her friends Amrita Arora and Mahdeep Kapoor contacted the virus after attending a house party at filmmaker Karan Johar's house.
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