3 times National Award winning actress Surekha Sikri recently raised her concern over the government’s decision to not allow senior actors and crew members over 65 years to resume shoot amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now the senior actress has addressed the rumours circulating in the media about her asking for financial help from her friends. The actress denied these rumours and confirmed receiving help without even asking for it during her conversation with Hindustan Times. The actress is willing to work and not be a burden on her family.
She said, “I don’t want any wrong impression to be created among people that I am going around begging people for money. I don’t want charity. Yes many have reached out to me, which is very kind of them. I really feel grateful.But I’ve not taken anything from anyone. Give me work and I want to earn respectfully.” She also questioned if the politicians who also fall in the same age group are allowed to work, should the government not ease the rules for senior actors as well.
She said, “If politicians and bureaucrats over 65 are still working, why can’t the actors and technicians also go out? Many of us are going through a difficult time, we need money to survive. Such restrictions are making things difficult for us. I’ll take all necessary precautions. I can’t sit at home like this any longer and be a burden on my family. Everyone is going through a tough time and these medical bills are adding to my concern.”
The actress also mentioned about writing a letter to I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, she says, “Yes, I’ve asked my manager to draft this letter. I feel the Maharashtra government should understand our plight. How could they come up with such a rule without thinking about the implications? Did they think about how seniors actors would be affected?” ALSO READ: Surekha Sikri On Senior Citizens Not Allowed To Shoot Due To COVID-19: 'It's Unfair And Violates My Right To Be Atma Nirbhar'-EXCLUSIVE
Also shedding light on the work offers coming her way she mentioned barely ad commercials won’t be enough to pay her medical bills and hence she shall need more work, but producers are unwilling to take the risk by signing the senior actors. ALSO READ: Surekha Sikri Is Recovering From A Brain Stroke; Yet The Veteran Seems Geared Up For Her Next Project- EXCLUSIVE
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