Somewhere in May, the lead actor of the TV show, Hamari Bahu Silk, Zaan Khan took to his Instagram account and shared recordings of all the actors as well as spot boy, make-up artist, dress man, stylist, cameraman, assistant director where they spoke about their payment dues that the production house did not pay them after working hard for a year. This non-payment dues then led to a huge controversy and now it has led to a silent protest outside producer Devyani Rale's house at Yari Road, Mumbai. Despite shooting for a year, the HBS unit has been paid for only for a month. Speaking about the same, Zaan Khan revealed that they are planning to stage another protest. He also said that he has no money left to pay the rent and will have to take a drastic step if the producers don’t clear their dues.
Talking about his plight to TOI, he said, “We worked on the show for almost a year and got paid for just a month. We have pleaded with the producers (Devyani, Jyoti Gupta and Sudhanshu Tripathi) and tried to get our dues cleared, but in vain. We now plan to stage another protest outside Devyani’s new residence, where she shifted some time ago. There are people who don’t have money to buy essentials. I have sold all that I could, including one of the two cars I have; I spent all my savings during the lockdown and also helped my unit members.”
He further shared, “I shot for a commercial recently, but how long will that money last? Now, I don’t have money left to pay the rent. My parents are insisting that I return to my hometown, Bhopal. I came to Mumbai to fulfil my dream of becoming an actor, but if things don’t improve, I will have to go back. I will be forced to take a drastic step if the producers don’t clear our dues.”
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