“The worst feeling is begging for something one has earned”, says Abhinav Shukla on non-payment issues

The plethora of salary cuts and unemployment is visible in the times of the on-going pandemic. Not just the migrant workers but even the salaried persons are suffering from the brunt of this virus.

In recent times, actors have taken a gambit to come forward to express their plight of non-payment by the producers in the industry for the work they have done. Actors were pushed to the edge to commit suicide as they didn’t have financial aid to cover their basic expenses.

Abhinav Shukla, the actor who worked in ‘Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka’, dragged the producers to the court as he was not paid for the work done and he is still waiting for his payment from last two years. Speaking on this matter, Abhinav said, “The worse feeling in the world is begging for something which one has earned. It’s a fact that in our industry one has to work very hard to survive and work even harder to get the payment of that hard work. I have fortunately worked with one of the best production houses in Mumbai whose professionalism and conduct was inspiring. But I also have worked with a few who have shaken my belief in ethics and professionalism.”

He continued by stating, “Unfortunately many actors, who are living hand to mouth, can’t afford a delay in payments. They have to pay the bills, rent and have to maintain a standard of living, which is demanding. Hence, once their payment is delayed, they go into desperation and resort to social media shaming, few get rough and unruly and that gives an excuse to the employer not to pay the actor on moral and legal grounds. An actor or person who is already professionally and emotionally hurt is now stuck in a double whammy.”

On the same matter, he feels unfortunate that actors do not take the support of the legal system as they feel discouraged by the lengthy process! He wanted to convey to all the actors that in this tricky situation, associations and unity can play a crucial role in resolving this matter for once and all!