These celebrity couples tell us about life’s simple pleasures and what they’re enjoying every day.
Social Distancing due to Coronavirus and the bright side of being with each other 24 X 7! These couples tell us about life’s simple pleasures and what they’re enjoying every day.
Aishwarya Sakhuja (Saas Bina Sasural) and Rohit Nag (Producer and Casting Director)
Rohit pulls Aishwarya’s leg and quips: “Aishwarya takes a lot of effort to motivate me to learn more about fitness through videos on Youtube and I happily oblige”. Aishwarya adds, “There is so much to do in the house itself, the day goes by in a flash. And it’s funny how suddenly we have discovered how much needs to be done (cleaning and sorting) inside the house itself. We’ve found a good way to figure out who does the dishes too- we gamble on ludo, and whoever loses has to do it.”
Akanksha Chamola (Swaragini) and Gaurav Khanna (Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan)
Akanksha talks about her experience at home, “Much before the house arrest, Gaurav and I were comfortable being home birds as well as spending time outdoors- the kitchen, movies, gym and sports. Now that we are homebound, we spend time working out, cooking new recipes and cleaning the house. As pet parents, we divide and take turns cleaning, feeding and walking our fur baby. Gaurav has started painting and I have resumed my dance practice.”
Gurpreet Bedi (Dil Hi Toh Hai) and Kapil Arya (Shapath)
Fitness enthusiasts, Television artists Gurpreet and Kapil are using this time to keep their health high by engaging in fun activities like indoor games, dancing, and playing with their little pet pooch. Gurpreet shares, “Being homebound, it’s natural to let fitness take a back seat. But it’s important to always be conscientious about the future, and we want to come out of this a better, fitter and happier version of ourselves. We both love to dance, and every day we come up with choreography to a new dance number. Not only is it a fun way to work out, but it also brings us closer as a couple. And of course, our fur baby loves to join in too. Lounging around the house all day also tends to cramp you up, and we discovered that a fun way to stretch out those joints is to play twister. Kapil also loves to write and compose songs, adding a little bit of spark and a whole lot of joy to our time in the house.”
Ishita Dutta (Drishyam) and Vatsal Sheth (Taarzan: The Wonder Car)
Vatsal shares, “Now, we have all the time in the world to do the things that we’ve always wanted to do. Ishita is an amazing painter and now that she has more time on her hands, she has let her creativity flow. I’ve always been fascinated by the flute and recently started learning it, thanks to YouTube. There are also some really interesting online courses that I’ve enrolled in, one of them being ‘emotional intelligence’. Since we both possess artistic minds, and when you lock two creative people in one room some craziness is bound to overflow. TikTok has led us to create some really funny videos which have gotten a great response. We’re also in the process of making a short film from home with the help of our friends. Honestly, it’s all about keeping yourself busy and there are so many things you can do if you really want to.”
Jannat Khan and Ayaz Khan (Dill Mill Gayye)
Ayaz shares, “We’ve found some meaning with household chores and we help each other with cleaning, dusting, and cooking. I’ve also started making videos on TikTok and we enjoy watching movies and playing games like Uno and Ludo. Yes, this lockdown has kept all of us home but it’s important we remain patient and look at the positive side. There’s plenty of quiet time, less pollution, and more appreciation towards the beautiful sunrise and sunset. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel and remember, this too shall pass.”
Kishwer Merchant (Ek Hasina Thi) and Suyyash Rai (Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya)
Kishwer shares, “We spend most of our time cooking, connecting with our followers on social media, and playing with our fur babies (Batuk and Pablo).
She adds, “It is also a great feeling to stay more connected with our families and closest friends through video calls. And who knew going out for grocery shopping would be so much fun.”
Mona Singh (Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin) and Shyam Gopalan
Mona shares, “I got married in December, post which, the next three months, January, February, and March, I was busy shooting giving me barely any time with my husband. When I got back, a lockdown was announced right after. So now, finally, we’re getting to spend quality time together after our marriage. We love to cook together, he chops and I do the cooking. We’re constantly browsing YouTube for new recipes. My husband loves photography, so nowadays, during dusk, he asks me to strike different poses in the balcony so we can take pictures! Our two dogs have also been receiving extra love from us. Other than that, we’ve also been binge-watching shows on Netflix, and my hubby is making sure I’m all caught up with The Game of Thrones as he’s an ardent fan of the series.”
Nikhila Palat (PR Professional) and Vivan Bhatena (Dangal)
Vivan, hopeful of resuming shooting very soon, shares, “We have a full-time job with our little baby Nivaya who’s at a stage where she is doing her best to get into trouble. During our (not so) free time, we squeeze in workouts and catch up on some good movies we’ve missed. By the time we are done with all this, we’re already hitting midnight.” The duo shares, “I think this lockdown has taught us to be independent and feel confident to face any curveball thrown at us.”
Palak Purswani (Meri Hanikarak Biwi) and Avinash Sachdev (Chotti Bahu)
Palak shares, “I’m learning to cook as Avinash is a big foodie and always wanted me to prepare butter chicken for him. Netflix also has been a lifesaver as we’ve been binge-watching something new daily. Avinash also tried his hand at making the trending, insta-worthy dalgona coffee as he knows that coffee is the answer to my mood swings!”
Roshni Chopra (Kasam Se) and Siddharth Anand Kumar (Vice-President, Saregama India Ltd.)
Roshni Chopra shares, “The lack of external stimuli has made my husband and I look inwards and to each other, reminding us of what brought us together in the first place. Sharing a common love for food, we are using this time to learn and prepare delicious meals that we enjoy in the calm surroundings of our balcony. As fitness enthusiasts, home workouts, especially weight training for him and yoga for me are keeping us busy. At the end of each day, we reward ourselves with a Netflix binge and special snacks to munch on, and I think that’s our favorite part of the day.”
Shveta Salve (Left Right Left) and Hermit Sethi
Shveta Salve takes the sustainable route and shares, “We live in Goa and have a lot of outdoor space to ourselves where my husband and I grow small vegetable patches of essential herbs that come to our rescue in times like these when supplies are inadequate. Unlike big cities, Goa does not have easy access to public transportation and supermarkets, especially for older people, couples with small children, and foreigners who are stuck and do not speak our language. We have started a small group with volunteers called the ‘Task Force’ which provides the needy with basic food, medicine, and other necessities. Apart from this, I am exploring my creative side through sketching, and our day goes by taking care of our three-year-old daughter, where we home-school her with the help of online classes.
Tanaya Gupta (Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasma) and Suraj Panjabi
Tanaya and her husband found a unique way to celebrate their first wedding anniversary amidst the lockdown. She shares, “We had nothing planned for the special day. But my husband decided to surprise me with an impromptu date beneath the stars on our building terrace, and it swept me off my feet. It was a beautiful ‘quarantine special’ anniversary date.”