Actors above 65 allowed to shoot, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha jubilant

I understand it was for precautionary purposes. But where were the senior artistes supposed to go to earn their living? We can’t just sit at home for the fear of the Coronavirus, says Hema Malini

Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha
Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha
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Subhash K Jha

The honourable Mumbai High Court has upturned film federation guideline that actors above 65 be not allowed to shooting during the Coronavirus epidemic.

Veteran actor Kanwaljeet Singh who was the first to protest against the government guideline says happily, "I have got my makep bag down from the attic."

BJP parliamentarian 71-year old Hema Malini is ecstatic by the High Court ruling. “I’ve been fighting tooth and nail against this unreasonable guideline. I understand it was for precautionary purposes. But where were the senior artistes supposed to go to earn their living? We can’t just sit at home any longer for the fear of the Coronavirus. We have to take precautions and venture out. The Corona is here to stay.”


74-year politician-actor Shatrughan Sinha says age has nothing to with immunity against virus. “Bachchan Saab was tested negative while the son of the nation Abhishek is still recovering while all pray for his quick and complete recovery. I am glad this ridiculous guideline has been upturned by the High Court. Whether one is 25, 45, 65 or 75 one needs to feel useful to oneself and to the family by making a living. If a 65-year old man can run a business empire why can’t he be efficient at his job place?’

Adds veteran Zarina Wahab, "What were we older actors supposed to do? Sit at home and watch youngsters shoot? Who would have played their parents? This guideline was bound to go. It was never meant to be in the first place."


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