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Coronavirus update: Gulzar pens verse urging people to stay at home

In his new poem posted on social media, the veteran lyricist says that this diificult time too will pass.

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Shriram Iyengar

With fairly little to do in the lockdown period, many people are turning to books, poetry, and films to help pass the time. Not surprisingly, lyricist Gulzar chose poetry as a medium to appeal to people to stay at home. 

Written by the poet, and spoken in his inimitable voice, the poem asks people to wait this pandemic out, as "it too shall pass." Titled, Án Appeal, the poem is the latest in a slew of urgent pleas from prominent personalities across the country, asking people to self-quarantine themselves in view of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. 

The poem begins with the writer-director saying, "Friends, a very tough time is upon us. We will have to go through this. In fact, pray that this time goes through quickly."

The pandemic has so far resulted in more than 1,000 patients in India alone. The pandemic has resulted in a complete lockdown of the country, with hotels, malls, cinema halls, production houses, and shoots facing complete shutdown for a period of at least 21 days. 

The director, who was last part of Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak (2020), concludes his poem saying, "Stay at home/Stay safe."

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