Zaan Khan: I have no money left to pay the rent. If my dues aren’t cleared, I will have to move back to m

Zaan Khan: I have no money left to pay the rent. If my dues aren’t cleared, I will have to move back to my hometown

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Created: Jul 30, 2020, 00:30 IST

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Members of 'Hamari Bahu Silk' (Prashant Jadhav) and Zaan Khan

Members of ‘Hamari Bahu Silk’ (Prashant Jadhav) and Zaan Khan

The cast and crew of Hamari Bahu Silk (HBS), including senior actors like Sarita Joshi, have spoken out about not receiving their dues since June 2019. Out of work due to the pandemic, many of them are struggling to make ends meet. The actors have already approached the Cine and TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) and the local police for help. A week ago, they also staged a protest outside the residence of Devyani Rale, one of the producers of the show. And, yesterday, a few members of the cast and crew turned up at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Dadar, to discuss their plight with some party officials. When asked about the visit, Zaan Khan, who played the male lead on the show, said, “I don’t want to comment on it.”

Talking about his plight, he added, “We worked on the show for almost a year and got paid for just a month. We have pleaded with the producers (Devyani, Jyoti Gupta and Sudhanshu Tripathi) and tried to get our dues cleared, but in vain. We now plan to stage another protest outside Devyani’s new residence, where she shifted some time ago. There are people who don’t have money to buy essentials. I have sold all that I could, including one of the two cars I have; I spent all my savings during the lockdown and also helped my unit members.”

He further shared, “I shot for a commercial recently, but how long will that money last? Now, I don’t have money left to pay the rent. My parents are insisting that I return to my hometown, Bhopal. I came to Mumbai to fulfil my dream of becoming an actor, but if things don’t improve, I will have to go back. I will be forced to take a drastic step if the producers don’t clear our dues.”

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