Jaya Bhattacharya on her crisis: I’m not shy about asking for work, why portray me as a beggar?
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi actor Jaya Bhattacharya, who is facing testing times right now, says she has asked her industry colleagues for financial help.tv Updated: Dec 13, 2017 17:54 IST
Actor Jaya Bhattacharya is a well-known name on television, having been a part of popular shows such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and films such as Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Devdas (2002) and Sirf Tum (1999), among others. Recently, reports have been making rounds that she has been facing acute shortage of funds since her mother is in the ICU due to a critical heart ailment.
Though out of work right now, Jaya isn’t apologetic about openly calling up industry people to ask for work. “Yes, I’m looking for work. But as actors, we take our time to get into another character. Sometimes, the role is good but the money is not, and vice versa,” says Jaya, who was last seen in the TV show Thapki Pyar Ki.
She tells us what started it all. “My parents were going out of town for a whole month, so I started the renovation of my house, which was much needed. My mom was down with viral, and had some problem that needed to be looked into immediately. The moment we got the tests done, we found out she had a major problem in her heart. We rushed her to the hospital, and you know how people of her generation are — they don’t have any medical insurance. I am my parents’ only child, so I have to shoulder their responsibilities,” she shares.
Money, of course, is becoming an issue with the rising medical costs, but Jaya feels lucky that the industry has been supportive. “I have some good friends, and I told them frankly that I might need to borrow some money, and will only be able to return it once I start earning again. They were cool with it,” she added.
However, she has been called “penniless” and portrayed as “pleading” for work in order to earn some money. Jaya is shocked by this. She says, “I am being portrayed as if I am a bloody bhikari! Kaam toh aata-jaata hai in this profession. My attitude has always been to face the biggest of challenges with confidence and a smile on my face. Even now, I try to help whoever I can. Beizzati thodi na karani hai mujhe meri! All I need is good work. Also, since I never quote an exorbitant price, getting it should be easy. My mom is a bit better now. We have started orally feeding her.”
She has one piece of advice for everyone. “There are still so many people who do not understand the importance of medical insurance. But one should, because medical emergencies can blow out of proportion and become uncontrollable,” Jaya says.
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First Published: Dec 13, 2017 17:35 IST