The surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra in the past few days is hinting at a mighty second wave. With certain restrictions in place, and many moving around for work commitments including those in showbiz, veteran actress Soni Razdan has demanded vaccination for all working actors.
For those unversed, as per the current vaccination norm, only those above the age of 60 and 45 with comorbidities are eligible to get a jab and government and private centres.
Razdan took to Twitter and wrote, “So many actors get COVID and are at huge risk when working. I mean we actually can’t wear masks. But no one seems to think they need to be able to take the vaccine yet.”
When a user commented, “It's not a crucial profession to be carried out on daily basis,” Soni replied, “It’s a profession none the less. People need to work right. Others can do so wearing protection but actors are the only people who cannot! And so ....”
“Oh and every actor isn’t a huge superstar .. so those who are whining on about that can keep shut. Stop watching content na then. It is made with great risk to the concerned actors lives. Being at the top of ones profession can’t be a disqualification for a vaccine. Jeez,” she added in a subsequent tweet.
Not to mention, Soni’s daughter and actress Alia Bhatt’s boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and his mother Neetu Kapoor were also infected by the novel coronavirus sometime back.
Last year, Soni had also supported the idea of opening cinema halls stating it is a safer place than restaurants.
"I do think that movie theatres are safer than restaurants ... everyone wears a mask and no one is really talking. Don't mean to dis the latter. Just scary how many people are packing into places without masks these days. This ain't over yet. We still need to take care," Razdan tweeted.
On work front, Razdan will soon get together with Rajat Kapoor, Aahana Kumra and Ayush Mehra for an Indian version of the French drama series, "Call My Agent".
Originally titled "Dix Pour Cent", the hit workplace comedy is created by Fanny Herrero and showrunner Cedric Klapisch. The French dramedy series premiered in 2015.
Filmmaker Shaad Ali will be helming the project, written by Abbas and Hussain Dalal.