‘Ac­tors have to con­tinue shoot­ing no mat­ter what’

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Af­ter work­ing as an ac­tor for 11 years, Divyanka Tri­pathi Dahiya feels act­ing is a “glo­ri­fied pro­fes­sion”. The Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Al­la­habad­wale ac­tor says, “It’s true that some­times peo­ple only see the perks and the glam­our as­so­ci­ated with the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and not what hap­pens be­hind the scenes. Peo­ple would be shocked to see the cir­cum­stances in which ac­tors shoot ev­ery day. But that’s the case with many other industries as well. For ex­am­ple, we buy clothes from fancy stores, but never see how and where they are made in what kind of fac­to­ries in vil­lages in China, Bangladesh or Viet­nam. The process is never glo­ri­fied, and in this day and age, every­one cares about the end re­sult.” In fact, the ac­tor says she even had to shoot for an episode of her on­go­ing TV show when the city was flooded due to heavy rains last week. Talk­ing about that day, Divyanka says, “It was not easy and the com­mute that day was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, as it took me hours to get back home af­ter the shoot. There were many peo­ple on the roads try­ing to get home as well. As ac­tors, we have to con­tinue shoot­ing no mat­ter what, as our pro­duc­ers face heavy fines when an episode doesn’t reach the chan­nel on time. I avoid can­celling my shoots as much as pos­si­ble, but there have been times when we are un­well or a nat­u­ral calamity has struck and we would like to stay in­doors. There are pros and cons in each and ev­ery pro­fes­sion. We are liv­ing in a time when Mum­baikars are up and run­ning no mat­ter what the sit­u­a­tion is. We are truly liv­ing in a city that never sleeps.”

Due to the na­ture of the job, ac­tors of­ten have to shoot in ex­treme con­di­tions in stu­dios or out­doors. Divyanka says, “There are times when we get sun­burns while shoot­ing in ex­treme heat dur­ing April or May. But it’s not just us ac­tors who are putting in the ex­tra ef­fort. The tech­ni­cians, di­rec­tors, and the crew also face the same sit­u­a­tion. It’s part and par­cel of be­ing a part of this in­dus­try.”

Peo­ple would be shocked to see the cir­cum­stances in which ac­tors shoot ev­ery day. But that’s the case with many other industries as well. DIVYANKA TRI­PATHI DAHIYA, AC­TOR

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