This pandemic has left no one in the time of difficulties, from homeless people to big actors, everybody got hit by it. Be it getting tested COVID-positive or facing a financial crunch, this pandemic wrapped everybody on its radar.
Yet another actor was reported that is asking for financial help from her friends in and outside the industry. It was reported that ‘Badhai Ho’ actor Surekha Sikri is facing financial crunch and has been seeking financial help to survive this lockdown.
In a recent conversation with Hindustan Times, Surekha denied the reports of asking for any financial help. 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 feel grateful. But I’ve not taken anything from anyone. Give me work and I want to earn respectfully.”
She raised questions against the working of politicians who also fall in the same age group and 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 the 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 has written 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?”
She also talked about the offers for ad commercials but that won’t be enough for her to pay her medical bills and that’s why she needs more work.