Non-payment of dues hits Indian actors hard
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Several TV actors in India are facing financial difficulties amid COVID-19 lockdown. Non-payment of dues to actors amid the crisis by production houses is an issue that's gaining much criticism in the industry.
Ronit Roy opened up about the issue and discussed his own situation. The actor spoke of a time when he was under much financial duress, moreover, he revealed he hasn't had any income since January for over five months now.
He said about his own struggling days to Indian daily when he had no money for four years, “I would walk up to my mother's house for a meal as I did not have money even after having a silver jubilee film. I did not kill myself. I am not passing judgement on anybody.” He believes committing suicide isn't a solution.
He also spoke about his present-day scenario, “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.”
The actor said that non-payment of dues isn't the fault of anybody if actors signed the contract on the 90-day payment rule. However, he said the circumstances have rendered actors in need of money at the moment. Production houses need to at least support actors' for their maintenance at such a time and show sensitivity to their plights he urged, and pay actors what they're owed for their survival.
He explained that perhaps if you're alone you can still sleep on an empty stomach but one with a family can't. He added that it's important to stay strong, hang in there so one can overcome the crisis.