COVID-19 pandemic has affected many actors especially senior actors as they ran out of work, leading to the financial crisis. After Shagufta Ali, yet another veteran actress Savita Bajaj has revealed needing financial help. The 79 years old actress revealed running out of money due to her medical treatment and now surviving on amounts paid by writers’ association and CINTAA Rs. 2500 and Rs. 5000 respectively. However, these amounts are not sufficient to meet her medical bills which are far more than those.
As reported in ETimes, she said, “My savings have dried up. I have spent all the money on my failing health. I have developed serious breathing issues and don’t know how I will manage now.” The veteran actress further added, “The writers’ association had helped me with rupees one lakh in 2016 after I was hospitalised following an accident. CINTAA, too, had helped me with `50,000. But today, I am not in a condition to work owing to my poor health. I have every intention to pay back money once I resume work, but right now, I’m not in a condition to work due to my poor health.”
Stating that she doesn’t have anyone to take care of her, she also narrated a heartbreaking moment, when her family refused to accept her. She adds, “Sadly, I have nobody who can take care of me today. Around 25 years ago, I had decided to move back to my hometown, Delhi, but no one in my family wanted to keep me. I have earned a lot, helped those in need, but today I need help.”
Featured in 50 movies such as Nishant, Nazrana, Beta Ho Toh Aisa and more, she urged to build an old age home for actors like her who are alone and did not afford homes in Mumbai despite several years of working in the industry. “I want someone to build an old age home for actors like me who are on their own. I don’t have my own home in Mumbai even after working for so many years. I live on rent in a one-room kitchen in Malad. I pay `7,000 as rent. I didn’t want to ask for money, but it’s going to be difficult for me to manage now,” she added. ALSO READ: Sasural Simar Ka Actor Shagufta Ali Acquires Help From Rohit Shetty During Her Financial Crisis; Says ‘I Am Absolutely Grateful’
Savita Bajaj also battled COVID-19 three months ago and remained hospitalized for 22 days, later she was once again hospitalized as she complained of breathlessness. ALSO READ: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's Ghanshyam Nayak AKA Natu Kaka Denies Facing Any Financial Crisis; Says 'I Am Not Unemployed'