In the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, the entire entertainment industry has come to a standstill with no latest releases, shootings or production work. This has turned out to be a massive bummer for all the daily wage earners and a streak of actors, who are undergoing severe financial crunch over no work and unpaid dues amid the pandemic. While a few have raised their voices on social media, we also came across some unfortunate cases like Manmeet Grewal and Preksha Mehta, who took their lives because of more or less the same reason. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Sanaya Irani addressed the concern and asked her fellow actors to raise their voice against the wrong.
She said, "Pandemic or no pandemic, to have to beg for your own hard-earned money is just sad. It is a terrible time for everyone, especially those who didn’t have enough savings or living off what they earned and now they have none of that.” Sanaya added that even she has faced a delay in her payments but not as severe as some artists are undergoing now. "I’ve not done TV in six years and I do remember during that time also, producers used to make up excuses that they will pay after three months because the channel will pay them after three months," she said.
The actress added, "It’s always blamed on the channel. One person passes the buck to the other, but it is like you are eating into the poor people’s lives. I never had to wait for a long time because the producers I’ve worked with were very nice and I was very professional about these things."
Irani then asked the actors to speak up and instead of fearing the consequences. “If you don’t get your money in three months, raise your voice in the fourth month. Don’t fear stigma or the fear of somebody throwing you out of the show,” she continued.
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