We all have to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens, says Ra­jat Barmecha

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One has to be men­tally sorted in a cri­sis and I am feel­ing just fine in this lock­down,” says Ra­jat Barmecha, adding that in these trou­bled times, he is thank­ful for hav­ing a fam­ily and a sup­port sys­tem. “I am blessed and it is ter­ri­ble to read about the tough times peo­ple are fac­ing,” he says.

The ac­tor feels that peo­ple should learn that they have to do their bit and take care of na­ture.

He ad­mits that he has been avoid­ing us­ing plas­tic in the last three years. “I don’t use plas­tic at all in my daily life. It is tough due to the kind of world we live in. We all have to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens.

I have not bought or used any plas­tic bot­tles, straws, cut­lery and carry bags. More than not us­ing it, one has to find al­ter­na­tives for plas­tic. In my act­ing con­tracts, I have a clause about non-us­age of plas­tic and, in fact, my sis­ter’s wed­ding cer­e­mony was plas­tic free. My friends, too, have be­gun fol­low­ing these habits and I feel if even three of them con­vert, then my job is done.”

Work­wise, his de­but film Udaan com­pleted 10 years of its re­lease. He feels hum­bled that peo­ple still re­mem­ber the film and his per­for­mance. “Peo­ple don’t get the cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion and the re­spect as an ac­tor even af­ter 10 films but I got it with Udaan. The film’s team went to the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in May 2010. Since then, I have grown as an ac­tor and a per­son. I have trav­elled a lot and it’s taught me a lot about life,” he says,” he says.

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