One of India’s most influential people has shared a poem on Twitter about how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in a country of more than a billion people.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan posted a video of himself reciting a few lines of verse that he had “doodled.”
The poem talks about listening to government advice such as washing your hands regularly, staying indoors and practicing social distancing.
"They (officials) ask us to stay at home and they say, 'do not say hello without washing your hands with soap or stay at home.' Yes, we will do what you ask us to do,” says Bachchan as he recites the Hindi poem for his 40.3 million followers.
“Big B,” as he is known across India, also posted a photo of himself preparing to record a message on coronavirus for UNICEF and the Indian government.
Considered a national institution in India, Bachchan has starred in more than 200 movies and hosts the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
He is known for promoting social causes. In 2016, he starred in the courtroom drama “Pink," in which he plays a lawyer fighting for three young female victims of unwanted sexual advances in New Delhi, often considered one of the most unsafe cities for women in India.
In 2018, he cleared more than $560,000 worth of debt owed by farmers amid an agricultural crisis that had forced many into extreme poverty.