BMC seals gym, where Shahid worked out despite government orders
Despite a state government advisory to shut down all gymnasiums over the coronavirus pandemic, a certain club in Mumbai's Bandra allowed Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Rajput exclusive private time to work out there on Sunday. Now, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) has reportedly sealed the said gym and reprimanded its owner and the actor for flouting the advisory. Here's more.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Shahid and Mira worked out at the AntiGravity Club in Bandra, owned by Yudhishthir Jaising, for nearly two hours. Even as the gym remained shut the entire day, it opened exclusively for the couple at 5:30 pm on Sunday. However, on seeing that a photographer was present, the couple left the club from a different exit.
Now, both Shahid and Jaising have been rebuked by the BMC. The civic body has written to the actor and the gym owner for violating a state-issued advisory and thereby posing a threat to public safety, assistant municipal commissioner of H-West ward, Vinayak Vispute said. He added that if directives aren't followed, such gyms will be booked and their licenses will be revoked.
Separately, club owner Jaising refuted claims that his gym was shut by the BMC. Saying that the gym has been closed since Friday, Jaising claimed, "There is no commercial activity and there are no trainers. We will follow the government's advisory." He added that Shahid, a "close friend", was there on Sunday only to spend time with him and some other friends.
Meanwhile, the shooting of Shahid's upcoming sports movie Jersey has been stalled owing to the deadly virus. In fact, the actor himself shared the update on Twitter, writing, "It is our social responsibility to do everything in our capacity to curb the spread of this virus." "Be responsible. Stay safe," he had posted. It just sounds a bit ironic now, though.
At a time like this it is our social responsibility to do everything in our capacity to curb the spread of this virus. Team #Jersey is suspending shoot so as to enable all unit members to be with their families and in the safety of their homes. Be responsible. Stay safe.❤️🙏— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) March 14, 2020