The suicide of Manmeet Grewal again reminded us how the unemployment due to coronavirus has hit people hard. Many people in the entertainment industry are paid their dues long time after a project gets done. In the mean time, they have to manage with their available resources. It seems none of the neighbours came to help Manmeet Grewal's wife as they feared COVID-19. He was a resident of Kharghar. It was his friend Manjit Singh who rushed to his place from Goregaon. He told The Times Of India, "I spoke to him at 5 PM in the evening, he seemed fine. He did not sound worried, in fact he would share all his worries and problems with me. We just made a movie also which is complete and I had taken money on loan for it, but he had nothing to do with that loan. The film is ready and we would discuss it. Obviously, he discussed worries like there was no work due to the lockdown, he had no money to pay the rent of his house. It was outstanding for the last two months and there was no money for daily expenses."
Nia Sharma in a long note on Instagram wrote, "I’d just like to make a humble request on behalf of my fellow actors/ friends, other daily wagers that their dues be paid asap especially at a time when they need it the most so that we’re not waking up to more such Suicide Stories a few days or a month later!! I wish to be financially so strong one day that I myself could help people around." Her friends like Achint Kaur and Vijayendra Kumeria seconded her views on this distressing phase.
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Not that I knew him, but the news about his suicide owing to his financial crisis is disturbing! (Needless to mention Migrants’ plight in the news everyday) Now, was he the only one going through it? No! Every living being is. I know many of my friends(Actors) that haven’t been paid since last year or more with rents and EMIs mounting, work this year clearly being halted indefinitely, everyone’s losing patience somewhere. I know, Producers have bigger risks and problems to deal with .. no clarity on the industry resuming Work any soon ,but still keeping up with the salaries of their huge staff , I totally respect that! Infact would thank them for generating thousands of jobs for us through the years, I could make a better life here. On that note, I’d just like to make a humble request on behalf of my fellow actors/ friends, other daily wagers that their dues be paid asap especially at a time when they need it the most so that we’re not waking up to more such Suicide Stories a few days or a month later!! I wish to be financially so strong one day that I myself could help people around. I rest my note.
Nia Sharma's co-star Vijayendra Kumeria commented on her post, writing, "It's so bloody true... actors and technicians are not getting paid their hard earned money for projects they did even much before the ‘Pre-COVID’ times... it’s shameful that some producers are using Corona and lockdown as an excuse for non-payment. It is really sad to hear such news...about people ending their lives due to financial crisis. Just hope that we don’t get such terrible news more often in the near future." Manmeet Grewal is survived by his wife and parents. We just hope shoots resume at the earliest and these dark times end.
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