The Coronavirus lockdown has sort of exposed the dark side of the entertainment industry. Over the past few days, we have come across the news of several tragic deaths, mainly suicides, over financial crises due to non-payment of dues by the producers. In a recent interview with Times Of India, popular TV and film actor Ronit Roy expressed his grief over the same stating that killing oneself is not the solution for anything. Ronit added how even he has been through a lot of struggles during his initial days but he never thought of taking such a drastic step.
Further, the actor stated that despite not earning money from ever since the lockdown was imposed, he continues to support around 100 families that he is responsible for. Upon being asked about the fuss around the 90-day payment rule in the industry, the actor stated, “The other part of your question is when you wanted to be a star when you got the role, you read the contract and signed on the 90-days payment rule. Then it is nobody's fault. If you didn't agree with the terms you should have said no then itself.”
He added, “Having said that, I also feel we are going through such a situation, where whoever is the principal, the channel or the production house, they need to understand that these people belong to their team. During this time everyone's work is stopped and they have to somehow arrange money to meet their daily expenses. Don't give them extra money, pay them what they are owed. Because everyone right is under extreme emotional, mental and physical stress because of the lockdown. So jinka paisa banta hai unko toh milna chahiye.”
“Personally, I haven't made money since January. I have a small business which was running and is now shut since March. Whatever I have, I am selling things to support about 100 families that I am responsible for. I am not a very rich man, but I am doing it. So, these Production houses and channels that have these big, lavish offices which are visible from 2 Kms away from a highway, they need to do something,” continued the actor.
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