It has now been a rather long time since the whole saga surrounding the non-payment of actors in Hamari Bahu Silk has been going on. From lead actor Zaan Khan pleading everyone to support them in this fight to get their money to a range of actors on the show coming out and talking about their payments also not cleared, the issue has been long-withstanding now.
The lockdown situation, in general, has become a huge problem for actors over a certain age group as they have been out of work and this situation has only worsened for the actors who were associated with Hamari Bahu Silk.
Actors Sarita Joshi and Vandana Vithlani played important roles in the show, and recently in an interview with Bombay Times, both of them opened up on their take on the same. Vithlani said, "I shot from May to October 2019, but have been paid only for the month of May. My dues run into lakhs of rupees. It’s been more than a year without any payment and I have exhausted all my savings. I had bagged a role in ‘Musakaan’ in November 2019, but it shut down in two months. I was paid for that show, but how long would it last? I have now started making rakhis and selling them online to keep myself engaged and also make some money. Obviously, I am not earning much, but anything is good at this point.”
She added, "My husband, Vipul, is a theatre artist, and he, too, is out of work owing to the pandemic. I had auditioned for shows in January, but everything came to a standstill. Our finances have taken a hit. We also have to manage our children’s school and college fees. I am just waiting for some project to come my way.”
On the other hand, Joshi, who is a respected veteran and has been in the industry for umpteen years said, "I am a senior citizen and I live alone. I have been working since I was eight years old, but that does not mean that I will let go of my hard-earned money. It has been over seven months now and despite CINTAA (Cine And TV Artistes' Association) and the producers’ guild taking up our issue, there has been no solution. Due to the pandemic, I have decided not to work for a few months, but I need the money to continue with my daily life.”
She added, "I have never considered my age a reason to slow down. In the contract, it is mentioned 10 hours, but sometimes I used to work 12-15 hours because they had to finish their episodes. This has never happened to me in the past and therefore, I strongly urge the associations and the channel to look into the matter.”
We certainly hope that the situation gets better for the actors soon and that all problems are rectified.