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Alia, Anushka, Shahid and others speak out on life after demonetisation

As the debate on demonetisation continues to rage in the country, Hindustan Times catches up with a few young Bollywood celebrities to ask how much are they affected by the government’s move.

bollywood Updated: Nov 23, 2016 08:10 IST
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Shahid Kapoor says his wife Mira always pays for him whenever they go out.
Shahid Kapoor says his wife Mira always pays for him whenever they go out.(HT Photo)

As the debate on demonetisation continues to rage in the country, Hindustan Times catches up with a few young Bollywood celebrities to ask how much are they affected by the government’s move.

Alia Bhatt

Cash person or plastic money person:

The maximum cash that I must have carried with me, after becoming an actor, would be two-three thousand only. My wallet is only full of cards, so you can call me a plastic money person.

Alia Bhatt says the maximum cash that she has ever carried with her has been two-three thousand rupees. (HT Photo)

Direct or indirect impact:

I made it a point to get the bank accounts opened for my staff members – be it my driver or spot boy. Our PM has been saying it for the past year that everyone should open bank accounts. As for demonetisation, I know it’s not easy for common people. But it’s a step towards change. Every big action will have a reaction. So, it will take some time to settle down.

Anushka Sharma

Cash person or plastic money person:

I have never carried cash. I have taken money from my driver and spot boy so many times and returned it later. Actually, I don’t go to places where I need to pay too much cash. I carry my card with me. I am also careless, so I don’t think I should carry cash.

Anushka Sharma says the demonetisation move is a great one. (HT Photo)

Direct or indirect impact:

Obviously, it has affected everybody. Every day, I hear discussions in my house, ‘Ye toh abhi nahi le payenge, cash nahi hai (We won’t be able to purchase it now, we do not have cash)’. But I think it’s a great step. We are going to face these immediate problems. I feel bad for the common man for what they are going through. But one has to always look at the larger picture.

If you actually want to reap the benefits of living in a developed society, then this germ [of black money] has to be eradicated. I was having a discussion with my father that it’s not about ‘rich’ or ‘poor’ but ‘honest’ and ‘dishonest’. We come from an army background, so the headspace is to do correct things. As honest taxpayers, we feel rewarded.

Sushant Singh Rajput

Cash person or plastic money person:

In my wallet, the maximum cash would have been anywhere around two-ten thousand as I do most of my transactions through my cards.

Sushant Singh Rajput says one has to wait-and-watch as far as demonetisation move’s success goes. (HT Photo)

Direct or indirect impact:

The removal of the `500 notes has hit everyone. Also, even if one has the new `2000 note, nobody is readily accepting them. So, it has created some discomfort. But it’s still nothing what millions of others who don’t have bank accounts and deal in cash daily are facing.

Ours is a country where only around 3% of the total population pays taxes, and where, according to experts, 5% of the black money was in cash. So, we will have to wait and watch whether this countrywide suffering by commoners was necessary and this move had to be made so abruptly.

Ayushmann Khurrana

Cash person or plastic money person:

I don’t carry too much cash with me. Usually, I transact with a card. As an actor, you are anyways well taken care of by the production and the unit.

Ayushmann Khurrana says he and his family are coping well with the demonetisation move. (HT Photo)

Direct or indirect impact:

Of late, I have been busy shooting, so I haven’t had time to spend a lot of money. My family is coping well too. It’s short-term pain, which will hopefully bring long-term benefits. The implementation has affected people who don’t have bank accounts. Certain exemptions were required for the common man.

Shahid Kapoor

Cash person or plastic money person:

Like any other normal person, I used to carry money before becoming an actor. But after Ishq Vishk (2003), I have always had someone to pay for me – earlier my manager and now my wife. She tells me, ‘Carry your card sometimes or people will feel I am feeding you (laughs).’ I find a wallet uncomfortable in my pocket. I don’t have money on me ever.

Shahid Kapoor has never carried cash with him after becoming an actor. (HT Photo)

Direct or indirect impact:

I am sure everyone is trying to manage, as there is a limited amount that you can withdraw from banks daily. It’s the most relevant thing that has happened. It’s going to make life uncomfortable for a few days but it’s a good and bold step. If we pull it through, it will be highly beneficial for the economy in the long run.