Actor Rajkummar Rao and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap have come out in support of actor Savi Sidhu, who is now working as a security guard here due to a financial crisis.
Rajkummar on Tuesday took to Twitter to extend support to Savi saying: “Will ask my casting friends to reach out to you.”
Savi has featured in movies such as “Black Friday”, “Gulaal” and “Patiala House”. In a video shared by Film Companion on YouTube, Savi spoke about his struggling days and what led him to take up a security guard’s job.
As the video is trending online, Rajkummar thanked the portal for sharing Savi’s story.
The “Stree” actor also praised Savi. He wrote: “Very inspired by your story Savi Sidhu Sir. Have always admired your work in all your films. Love your positivity. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles.”
Savi, who started his Bollywood career with Anurag’s films, currently works for 12 hours a day as a security guard.
“It is a 12-hour tough job. It’s a mechanical job. I don’t even have money to buy bus tickets. To watch a film in the theatre is like a dream now. My financial condition is not good,” he said in the video.
On seeing the video, Anurag tweeted: “I respect Savi Siddhu as an actor and have cast him thrice when he earned the role. I respect him that he chose to live his life with dignity and picked a job unlike so many entitled out of work actors who have either become alcoholics or wasted themselves away.”
Sharing examples of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and others, Anurag wrote: “He used to be a watchman. I used to be a waiter, I met one actor who sells bhelpuri on the streets, I know an actor from ‘Black Friday’ who drives a rickshaw.”
“I have seen the great Uday Chandra who did ‘Hum Paanch’ and ‘Khel Khiladi Ka’ in my early days walking the street. This is also true for many people in all walks of life. To give an actor a role out of sympathy is insulting.”
Anurag believes that Savi will have to help himself.
“Only thing one can do is get the casting directors to audition him for him to earn the role and for that, he will have to walk to that casting director’s office like million others. He has made a conscious choice and one should be proud of him that he did not allow the vanity of the artiste to destroy him, and he actually does a job.”
He doesn’t see being a watchman as a “small job or big”.
“At least, he is not begging. I genuinely believe that charity does not make art or an artist. You want to help artists like him then you need to start watching their art by paying for it.”
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