Aditya, you back shooting for Indian Idol?
Yes, we are in Daman shooting for Idol as Maharashtra has halted shoot completely and it’s the need of the hour, given the number of cases.
So how does it feel?
Feels great! Haven’t been absent for so long from a show that I’ve been a part of. It’s been almost a month, Happy to be back with the team. We are in a bio-bubble here and all the safety measures are being taken by the channel.
How do you feel to be back?
Feels a bit strange, honestly. Everything is much more cosy and intimate as we don’t have the resources or time to put up a set as grand as the one in Film City. But the show must go on. The entire nation is at home and I feel like it’s a responsibility to make them forget their worries for 90 mins when they tune into our show. That’s the only reason we’re shooting through the pandemic. Especially given how much they love the show, and this season in particular has received a lot of love
What is your advice to those who have been infected by the Covid virus like you?
Stay home! Just because we have antibodies in our system doesn’t make us superhuman. The coronavirus keeps mutating and new strains are being discovered repeatedly. Hydrate a lot as we are battling summers now as well. Try and get at least 30-35 mins of mild exercise a day. Gradual Cardiovascular exercise has helped in strengthening my lungs post Covid. But go VERY SLOW. 10-15 mins of meditation a day will also go a long way for mental health.
How did they welcome you back on Indian Idol?
Honestly it was just back to business as usual. I neither demanded nor expected anything out of the ordinary upon my return. I think the best way to set things off is to just continue doing what I was doing.
Where is your wife? Has she fully recovered?
Wife is in Mumbai (smiles). Yes, she has recovered, touch wood. She took longer to recover. Also she eats like a rabbit so I’m encouraging her to eat well at least till she is completely back to normal.
Who is looking after her in your absence?
She is strong enough to take care of herself. And of course it helps that her parents my parents’ place is within a kilometre of each other. Mom and my wife Shweta are constantly in touch.
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