Dismissing the rumours on asking loans from a friend, national award actor Surekha Sikri raised her voice against the decision of Maharashtra government for allowing the cast and crew of over 65 years to shoot amid COVID-19 crisis. Due to his decision, she can’t go to work even after receiving offers for ad films but nothing couldn’t be finalised yet.
She said in an interview with HT City that she needs to do more work to take care of her medical bills and other expenses. But the producers aren’t ready willing to take the risk. She further 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 added,’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.” Telling about precautions and sitting at home, she said, “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.”
Vteran Actress said that she is planning to write a letter to I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar to share her concerns. “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?”