Here’s one actor who understands his responsibilities as a citizen. Actor Karan Patel refused to shoot a song sequence for an episode of his serial Ye Hai Mohabbatein that needed artificial rain, citing Maharashtra’s crippling drought as the reason for his refusal.
Upset that a lot of water would be wasted in a shooting sequence, the actor refused to shoot -- until his concerns were met. The romantic track required artificial rain, for which a lot of water was to be used. “I thought the scene was avoidable considering the water crisis we are facing. We at our level should try our best to save and conserve water,” Karan said in a statement.
“I feel it’s our duty as we are looked up by people. This is the least as actors we can do. So I asked the production house to manage and create a scene where they do not have to use water,” he added.
Ye Hai Mohabbatein is produced by Balaji Telefilms, which tweaked the sequence slightly, understanding the importance of water conservation. Only then did the actor resume shooting. The popular show, aired on Star Plus, also stars Divyanka Tripathi and Anita Hassanandani.