Jyoti Sharma and Pranav Mishra quit Aisi Deewangi... Dekhi Nahi Kahi show due to 'inhuman treatment and working conditions' made to work 18 hours a day!
Sometimes the behind-the-scenes story of being a celebrity is not as pretty as one had imagined. Television stars Jyoti Sharma and Pranav Mishra, the lead pair of Aisi Deewangi… Dekhi Nahi Kahi, recently told a newspaper their version of the ‘inhuman treatment and working conditions’ they faced ion the sets of the TV show. The actors alleged that they worked insane hours ‘without food and water.’
They also accused the producers of forcing them to work when they were unwell. “We have been exploited since the beginning of the shoot, which commenced in January 2017. We have been working for 18 hours each day. There would be no food, tea or even water during these extended hours. The environment is so negative that we don’t wish to continue on the Aisi Deewangi… Dekhi Nahi Kahi show”
Pranav added: “We have been treated worse than animals and are traumatised. As per the guidelines, one needs a 12-hour break between two shifts. However, I can vouch that we have reported back to the set within five hours at least 250 days in a year. Both Jyoti and I have undergone stress test as advised by C.I.N.T.A.A. (Cine And TV Artistes Association), and we have been diagnosed with depression, stress and anxiety.”
Jyoti also alleged that the producers did not take adequate safety measures during stunts, one of which resulted in a back injury. “I had to fall so the director requested for a mattress to cushion the fall. However, the unit fails to get one and I had to fall without it on an uneven stone-laden ground. I hurt my back in the process,” Jyoti said.
The actress, who features in shows like Diya Aur Bati Hum, says that while shooting for a fire sequence she got stuck in a room filled with smoke because of which she “lost her voice”. She was admitted to a hospital. She said: “While my doctor advised bed rest for four days, I was made to report to the shoot the very next day and had to scream during the shoot.”
CINTAA general secretary Sushant Singh corroborated Jyoti and Pranav account but said added that they will hear out the producers’ side of the story and take necessary steps. “We have seen their contracts with the production house, and they are nothing short of bonded labour. The medical reports clearly state that they are under severe stress and depression. And meanwhile, they are on medication. This is a glaring example of the inhuman working conditions faced by our members”.
“Our Care Committee member Nupur Alankar visited the set and spoke to the producers. We will convene a meeting with all parties concerned and take every necessary step to alleviate the actors’ suffering,” he added.
One of three producers of Aisi Deewangi… Dekhi Nahi Kahi said that Jyoti and Pranav have not quit and are filming the show. “There could be a technical issue, but nothing more. I haven’t been contacted by CINTAA yet,” he added.
This is not the first expose on the difficult working conditions for television stars. Actresses Shilpa Shinde and Kishwer Merchant have also raised their voice against artiste’s exploitation by showrunners.