The sudden Rs 500 and Rs 1000 demonetisation has left the country in a flux, including the television industry. Producers and actors are trying not to let the change affect their shoot schedules.
“It’s affected us because in television, you have to pay a lot of money in cash on the day of shoots and now because of all this, we have no money. The banks have had limited money as well. There have been vendors and other people who are paid per day. Be it a spot boy or other staff members. It’s just that they have been working with us for quite some time, so they are not saying anything to us. At the end of the day, even they need money. What we have done at our end is that, we have issued cheque in their names,” says television producer Rahul Tewary, whose mythological show on lord Shani recently hit the small screen.
Rajan Shahi, who produces a daily show starring Hina Khan says, “This is a drastic step taken by the government. I got mind blowing support from my crew and everyone sat together and discussed the problems they are facing.”
Many actors are struggling to find time to withdraw money from the ATMs owing to their hectic schedules, and are trying to be careful with their spending.
“I have no patience to stand in a queue. I can neither miss my shoot nor my gym. The routine life is disturbed. I fell short of cash while buying protein powder it was really embarrassing. I am not even buying broccoli these days as even the vegetable vendor has cash and change issues,” says actor Mrunal Jain.
“I am spending carefully. The limit of withdrawal per day is also less and I am shooting for a daily soap without any breaks. It is really affecting my time, energy and work,” says actor Ssharad Malhotraa.