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Gunjan Utreja speaks up on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the cash crunch caused due to lockdown
Gunjan Utreja is quite the talked about personality on the internet right now with his hit show ‘Chalk & Cheese’ and his stellar performance in the song ‘Judaai’ that has garnered over millions of views. But, being a television star, the current scenario of the industry is no secret to him. The actor recently opened up about Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death and how the lockdown is affecting the artistes.
In an exclusive chat with Bollywood Bubble, Gunjan spoke about television actors succumbing to seek financial help from their fans and strangers online. “As an industry, there are different players of a different category, and people have their own savings, it could be anyone, freelancers, journalists, anyone. Everybody knows that as artistes we all are freelancers, so you are paid on per day basis or after 90 days. People may have gone through a lot of personal suffering as well and as far as asking for help I don’t see anything wrong in it. Whatever works to keep afloat,” shared the actor.
He further added, “I just want to say that don’t think too much about what is happening around the globe because that is not under your control. Ever since all of this started, I was watching the news every day, like these many cases are happening, then after a week or 10 days I stopped listening to this and I realised that it is not going to help me. I started focussing on myself and started focusing on people I could contribute to in their life and people who could contribute to my life. And I disconnected from everything else. I do not want to discuss what’s going to be the ill effects in the industry, it is beyond my control. That has helped me keep my sanity to some level. I also haven’t worked in 3 months. I have lost a lot of business. I keep telling a lot of people to just hold on and relax and stop thinking about the future. One should focus on what you have and be grateful for it. I have a roof on my head and food on my table, it is a great thing right now. The shift in mentality just changes your entire outlook.”
Gunjan also spoke about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the sudden flood of information about mental health and its awareness. “I don’t know what has happened in Sushant Bhai’s case, everyone is speculating. But, irrespective of that, mental health is something we all should talk about. Talking to a therapist should be as common as visiting a dentist. There is a lot of stigmas attached to it that, if I need a therapist then I am mad. I wish we can talk more about it and be more aware of it, right now there is a lot of information floating around the market which is not true also. I am saying that mental health is as important or primarily even more important than physical health right now.”
Sharing about his experience regarding maintaining mental health, Gunjan said, he became aware of it a few years ago when he had a slipped disc. The actor thought it was a physical injury but found out it was more of an emotional breakdown which made him even more aware. He feels that 10 years ago there were no gadgets in our life and today we are consuming content in a different way and looking at life in a different way. The amount of information is causing a lot of mental labour.
He believes that we should be talking about mental health and a lot of people have been advocating about it. Gunjan reasons, “I’m not saying because of Sushant it came out. I remember last year also the industry had done something. In the television industry, there were strict hours. They have a helpline also”
Meanwhile, Gunjan is feeling on top of the world right now after the huge success of his show ‘Chalk & Cheese’, and the song ‘Judaai’.
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