Sunita Shirole, the veteran Hindi actor, is seeking financial help after exhausting her savings during the pandemic. The 85-year-old actor is suffering from many ailments and is in dire need of help, according to a report in The Times of India.
Shirole has worked in television shows such as Kis Des Mein Hai Meraa Dil and Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuyein. She has also done small roles in several Hindi films such as like Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Chot- Aj Isko, Kal Tereko (2004), Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005), Shaapit (2010), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002), and Made In China (2019).
Talking about her financial problems, Shirole told TOI, “I was working till the pandemic struck. I used up all my savings to survive during this period. Unfortunately, I had to be hospitalised around that time with a kidney infection and acute knee pain. If that wasn’t bad enough, I fell twice in the hospital and fractured my left leg. I can’t bend it any more. I have undergone angioplasty in the past and I am battling other ailments, too.”
The veteran actor is currently staying at a fellow actor Nupur Alankar’s house. Shirole revealed she had been living as a paying guest until recently, but could n0t afford to pay the rent.
She expressed her gratitude to the Cine And TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA), which sent Alankar to assist her. Alankar brought Shirole to her home and also hired a nurse for her. “I want to start working because I need the money, but the condition of my leg is deteriorating and I don’t know if I will be able to walk again. I need financial help till I get back on my feet,” she told TOI.
“I earned a lot during my heydays and would help those in need. I had invested a major chunk of my earnings in a business I set up with my husband. However, a fire broke out in the warehouse and we lost everything. He passed away in 2003,” she added.
She further told the daily that she is currently at the mercy of others and said, “It’s very difficult to survive.”
On Thursday, CINTAA sought help for Shirole on Twitter. The association had also called for help for veteran actor Savita Bajaj, who was recently struggling to pay her hospital bills.