Entertainment journalist Aarti Shejwalkar died last month due to COVID-19. She was 31 and reportedly pregnant.
On her birth anniversary, celebrity photographer Viral Bhayani shared a tribute on Instagram, and also revealed that actors such as Kartik Aaryan and Parineeti Chopra secretly helped Aarti’s family financially post her demise.
The caption read, “Recently we lost a very enthusiastic and hardworking film journalist Aarti. Life was all good and everything was smooth till covid affected her family during her pregnancy. She could not fight the virus and left us with a shock. Post her death her dad went in a coma after hearing the sad news. Our team member #manojmehara aka Manoj Stillwala took the initiative to help her dad and her family especially when they were not doing that well. Thanks to the financial help lent by people like Kartik Aaryan Parineeti Chopra leading film publicist Parag Desai and a young film producer and actor. Sorry, Aarti we could not do much but we do remember you on your birthday and we wish wherever you are - you are happy and smiling like you always did.”
Kartik also replied in the comments section by writing, “It was always a pleasure to see her in front of all the male journalists. Her pleasant energy will be missed. May Aarti rest in peace.”
Meanwhile, Parineeti added, “Always there for you.”
India's COVID-19 tally hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with over 1.45 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, taking the cumulative count to 1,32,05,926, according to the Union Health Ministry.
Maharashtra on Friday reported 58,993 new cases of coronavirus, which pushed its overall tally to 32,88,540, while the death of 301 patients took the toll to 57,329, the state health department said.
The state has been recording more than 55,000 cases over the past few days.
The highest single-day spike of 59,907 cases was reported on April 7.
Mumbai city registered a one-day spike of 9,202 cases.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held meetings with private hospitals and representatives of the diamond industry over the pandemic situation.
The weekend lockdown announced as part of the curbs to break the virus chain came into force from Friday night.