Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, actress Rubina Dilaik rose to fame from TV serial Choti Bahu but her behind the scene story was gloomy. Recently, in an interview with the popular daily actress told about her struggle during Choti Bahu when despite of working for over 16-18 hours a day, actress waited for nine months and pleaded too, for her first pay.
Rubina in an interview said “Well, this trend was set long before I got into the industry, and I had to comply because I was fresh off the boat. Later, with understanding of the work ethics and legal knowledge, I realised that almost 90% of the actors, including me, sign one-sided contracts, favouring the production house. Working for over 12 hours, 30 days a month and being paid after 90 days, and in many cases even more than that, isn’t only unethical but is against working laws.”
When asked about her financial struggle actress further said “For nine months, I pleaded for my money, went to the actors association for help, but no one cared or helped apart from [making] big fancy promises. I had to sell off my house and property because I couldn’t pay off my EMIs. After crying my heart out, the production house finally called me up for negotiation.” She adds, “They’d say things like, ‘We have uplinks on your name for the number of hours or you didn’t shoot because of torn sari blouse, you fell sick, you asked for a half day…’. This just added to my agony because there was no truth in all that.”
“[By the end of it], I was tormented and desperate, so I agreed to all of it and stepped out crestfallen with the negotiated amount. It led me to depression, but I took this as a learning experience and moved on with a renewed determination to never let anyone walk over my well-deserved and hard-earned money”.
This was indeed upsetting; actors entertain the masses wholeheartedly but it is sad if behind the scenes their hard work is taken for granted. Well, on work front, Rubina Dilaik is seen in colorstv popular show Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki and she paired opposite to heartthrob of ITV, Vivian Dsena. Soon the show is going to complete its 3 years.
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