Nia Sharma rails at producers holding artists’ payment


Nia Sharma
Nia Sharma

The suicide of television actor Manmeet Grewal has laid bared the financial issues and struggles that a number of actors are facing amid the ongoing lockdown, especially the small screen actors who are generally paid three months after they have started working on a project.

Over the past few days, a number of television actors have come forward, accusing television producers of not clearing their dues on time. Popular actress Nia Sharma, who can be currently seen on Colors’ superhit show Naagin, says that she knows of several actors who are facing the issue of non-payment of dues.

 

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Sharma took to her Instagram handle and shared an angry yet heartfelt social media post, highlighting the issue of non-payment in the television industry.  “If I start taking names of those struggling because of pending dues, the list will go on. Paying a few lakhs may take time, but imagine an actor I know has been struggling for months to get ₹70,000 payment. Every time he visits the producer’s office, he is given another date,” she says.

The actress goes on to reveal that she has at least six friends who are facing similar issues. Without revealing their names, Sharma informed that their cases are pending with Cine and TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA).

 

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“We often work for 16 to 22 hours a day, and we deserve better. We are not salaried, neither can we do more than one show at a time. So where do we earn from? So much is being talked about other issues, but there is not a word about those struggling in the TV industry,” shares the actress.