Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya has recently raised an important question and spoke about it to media. However, nothing was cleared and now the actress has given yet another interview breaking her silence and addressed an major issue. Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is currently part of Star Plus’ Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Nach Baliye.
“Newcomers and established actors are often not treated well on the sets. Is it just because these actors are not as popular as the lead actors of the show? Norms, rules and work ethics are not followed on the sets of TV shows. I was subject to this even when I began my career,” says Divyanka.
“Most importantly, actors deserve respect and shouldn’t be treated like cattle. I have seen senior character actors being treated badly because they play a small role. When I began my career, I’ve shared a room with six people, with one sofa that had bedbugs and dirty loos. When I spoke about it, people thought I was throwing a tantrum. I wasn’t given enough time to eat lunch as a newcomer and sadly, lack of hygiene still persists in the industry.” said Divyanka.
She continued, “Although I am respected, I take up for other character actors who don’t receive that kind of respect. But, a lot of people don’t like that. I try to help them as much as possible. I hope we provide basic facilities to the (lesser known) actors. Also, I am not contesting for Cine & TV Artists Association, contrary to what people think.” She stated further, “It exists in the West, but not here. We are given a nominal sum, even though our shows are aired across the world. Also, actors pay a huge amount of taxes. I wish the government uses a fraction of the amount to provide retirement funds to actors. When a forgotten actor dies in squalor, we tweet about it and express sadness but unfortunately, no one fights for their rights.”