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Stop child labor, urge TV actors

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12th June is Anti-Child Labour Day. Our TV actors tell us how this evil should be eradicated

Helly Shah:

In our day to day lives, we still see so many children working at such places and I think that their parents should make an effort and everyone should understand the importance of education and not let their child work. The solution is that the parents and the people who live with them, should do things collectively and also the people around them should advise them to not letting the child work. There should be a joint effort from every side.

Ira Sone:

Child labour is a major concern in the world especially in developing countries because it affects the children mentally and physically. It is a major social issue because children are the hope and the future of our nation. I believe education and awareness of family planning is key to preventing child labour and has been one of the most successful methods to reduce child workers in India.

Kinshuk Vaidya:

We still see child labour today because of poverty. I am sure that no kid loves to work at the tea stall or as servants in restaurants or in factories but it is the financial condition because of which the children are forced to do these things. Government is making free education available along with free food, so I think eventually there will be a change and once the financial situation of these people is a little better than for the generations down the lines these issues would be solved.

Ansh Bagri: 

When I see children working at tea stalls or at factories, I get very confused while seeing them as I have also gone through the same situation. I was 14 years old when I started working and I knew why I was working because I had to earn pocket money and needed to groom myself as the family situation was not great at that time. So, when I see these kids working, I think that definitely there would be some financial problem in their family. It’s very sad to watch them and I don’t understand what is right or wrong, because it can happen that a child’s mother or father would be sick and that’s why he is working to feed them. To eradicate child labour, we should understand the situation and help. Also, if our government starts giving basic pension to those who are poor and fulfils their basic needs then the problem can be sorted.

Sachin Parikh: 

The only solution for stopping child labour is education. The more aware parents get with literacy and education, the more aware they will be to make their children educated. I think that will be a cure for all the problems of child labour. If the supply is stopped, automatically demand will be minimized and finally, the whole process will stop.

Sahil Anand: 

I do see children working on roads, on tea stalls and begging around, the government should act very strongly on this thing. We should not motivate a child to make easy money. Which happens in the case of begging where they are made to learn to beg from their childhood which becomes their habit for a lifetime. So, I make sure that I don’t give money to children so that they learn its value. I give them food and clothes to wear. All of us should stop giving money to children who are begging so that they start doing something for their living or else it would become their habit to beg around and get money easily. We should stop this child labour at a tea stall, at factories and every place where the kid’s work and their owners should be charged with a fine and should be given strict punishment. Therefore it is necessary that we have strict rules.

Rahul Sharma:

Child labour exists in India because it comes from families. These children come from families who are not rich and are struggling with their basic needs. So, the first thing the government should do is to educate people so that they can work in places where the minimum basic requirements are there. These steps should be taken and people should consider it as a responsibility to educate their children so that they don’t use their children as an object to earn money. If the elders are educated then they would educate their children as the future of our nation or hope for a new beginning in their lives. Also, the government should provide more work opportunities in small villages, as the farmers suffer from huge losses due to weather and lack of sufficient water. The government should take steps towards such things.

Malhar Pandya:

Indians are chai lovers and everyone goes to these stalls to have tea. There if we see a child working and if we tell him to leave work or ask the owner why he is making him work, that won’t make the child leave his work as it is his family is sending him and wants him to work. There are many groups out there who are trying their best to end child labour but it won’t be possible until the family understands the importance of education. These groups are doing every possible thing from providing free education and food, but until the child’s parents don’t understand then this thing would not end. Telling the kids or the owner where the children are working would do no good as the caretakers of the children should be made to understand.

Aniruddh Dave: 

Whenever we go anywhere, be it a dhaba or a tea stall, we can find a chotu serving tea, coffee, snacks or food in small hotels and motels. Sometimes you feel they are forced to grow up and you feel they are exploited. At their school-going age, they end up working, missing out on childhood and that is disturbing. The solution is that the government should do something about it. People who are hiring them should be stopped. If we notice children who are working we should object to it. As an actor, I feel we as a fraternity should never hire children as household help.

Rajesh Kumar:

In my opinion, eradicating poverty is the solution for stopping child labor. Because instead of educating their children, people see them as helping hands. Survival is the only thing which leads to child labor. So, in my opinion till the time we don’t get people out of it, there is no solution,” he says.

Aastha Chaudhary:

I am completely against child labour. Even today there are some kids those who are working at the roadside Dhabas. Even in houses, small kids work as domestic help. But at the same time, there are child actors in the TV and film industry too, And I personally feel that even that falls under the category of child labour. Because they don’t get time to study, they don’t get their leisure time. Even though we have some regulations, but no one follows them here. Personally, I am completely against casting ‘child actors’. And the government should take some measures against it. There should be some stringent laws. If someone is found employing children at dhabas or if child actors are made to work beyond certain time criteria, they must be stopped. Even in my show, the main lead is a girl. And I try to take care of her by keeping an eye on her. I try to keep the environment safe and healthy around her. I make sure that no one uses profanity when she is around, even while installing mikes during scenes I make sure no AD comes and touches her inappropriately while doing that. I myself go and try to help her out even when the makeup or hairdresser is not there, I personally go and try to help her out. Because she is a girl and she is growing up.

Rehaan Roy:

Children are the future of this beautiful world and we all shall nurture them so that the future of this world becomes even better and secure. Every child is important irrespective of their cast, their religion, if they are poor or rich or where they have come from. Education is a basic necessity for every child. Instead of that, when they are forced to work, then it’s not just a crime, but also it makes me feel truly sad.  think everyone, who are hiring kids shall be aware of the consequences and shall check the age proof of the candidates before hiring. The government shall become even more careful about this. This ban on child labour shall not just remain a rule.. but it shall actually be implemented practically.

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Romit Raj Prasher is back on TV with Kulfi Kumar Bajewala

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Actor Romit Raj Prasher is back on the screen after four years. The actor has been working on himself during this time and also has been giving time to his daughter. “In the long break, I studied Cinema, did acting workshops with actors and directors, kept myself busy watching world cinema and regional cinema. Also, I have been a stay-at-home dad as I have a daughter,” he says, adding, “I have been learning Marathi language and learning how to play the piano.”

Talking about his role in the show, he says, “I am playing the parallel lead, a new dashing smart dean of a school. He has his shades and is a very challenging character.”

The actor says that the TV show needs to come up with better content. “I have been saying no to mythological shows for the longest time and also shows which have stupid stories. I am not surprised why people are watching web series and shows on apps because most of the TV shows have lost their plots and they usually copy from film scripts,” he says.

The actor says that it’s a real struggle to find good work on TV today. “Unfortunately, there is not enough freedom given to writers and creative people on TV. The channel wants to play safe, be dependent on the research team and every show mostly looks the same. Also, there are many actors in the TV business and now writers want to act ad producers want to act….everyone wants to act, so for good actors, there are very few opportunities left,” he says.

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Jason Shah on losing 14 kgs without going to the gym

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Who says losing weight is all about working out in the gym. Actor Jason Shah, who has lost a ton of weight recently, and has been maintaining himself by just eating right. “I have actually lost almost 14 kilos on the sets of Jhansi Ki Rani due to extreme heat and a lot of perspiration,” says Jason, who plays the role of Captain Ross in the show.

He adds, “I wish I still had all that muscle, but there’s not much that I can do. I stopped gymming at the start of the show because I travelled quite far, about 3 hours a day. And after that its 12-14 hrs of the shoot, there’s not a lot of time to the gym and because of the amount of perspiration, my body is quite tired at the end of it. I am just waiting for the show to end and I am going to build back up, it doesn’t take any too long, give me two months and I will be good again.”

However, the actor has been eating right and has cut down on his sugar intake. “My parents always taught me that sugar rots your teeth and that it’s a killer and a thief. So keeping that in mind, ever since I was young, I have always tried to avoid it. Of course, I get tempted. It’s not like I don’t eat ice creams and desserts. I do, I spread out and do not eat these on a regular basis. You have got to watch yourself because, in India, they put sugar in almost everything that you eat,” he says.

He adds, “I am not going to the gym and that’s why I am lean. I have been maintaining myself with just a good diet, healthy food, healthy snacks throughout the day- oats, salads, fruits, eggs, chicken. That’s pretty much how I do it.”

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Rajiv Kumar on playing a eunuch in EBSS: I am enjoying my role

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While he takes over an hour to get ready every day, actor Rajiv Kumar says that he is loving his role of Dipti Kalwani’s Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna. The actor plays the role of a eunuch in the show. “For my character of a eunuch, I observed the eunuchs on road, also I watched some documentaries to know more about them and their lives. While wearing the costume it does feels a little uncomfortable because a man in his normal life does not wear a sari with so much makeup. As a male artist when we go on the sets, we do very basic makeup but here in this show, I have to put a wig, a sari and jewellery. For makeup, it takes around one and a half hour, but I am enjoying doing the role a lot,” he says.

He adds, “I watched a film called Daayra directed by Amol Palekar where Nirmal Pandey played this character. I also watched a film directed by Mr Bhatt where Paresh Rawal played the transgender character. Also, I saw clips of Shabnam mausi, where Ashutosh Rana has played a transgender and a film where Sadashiv Dattaray Amrapurkar has played this character.”

The actor, who has been seen in shows such as Udaan, Gathbandhan, Meri Durga and  Mariam Khan – Reporting Live, says that he loves working with co-actor Shrenu Parikh. “Among the co-actors, I bond really well with Shrenu Parikh as a maximum of my scenes are with her. She is a very talented, energetic, supportive and wonderful actor. I wish her all the very best,” he says.

Talking about working with Dipti, Rajiv adds, “Dipti Kalwani is an amazing producer as she is very professional. The whole arrangement which she does as a producer in the production house for the shoot is amazing. Five stars to her!”

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