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Bollywood ill treating character artists, Lagaan actor struggles financially
Time and again we have come face to face with another side of the film industry. This side of the coin is so grim that it looks far removed from the glamorous and elite world of Bollywood. It is an aspect in which people from the fraternity die or are on their death beds without money, help, and care.

These people who form the support base of lead actor in a film - play the vital friends, families and the uncles in films -  tend to rise and fade in real life fortune. So it won't be a surprise when I mention the name of Shrivallabh Vyas and no one will recognize him.

He is the same person, who worked in prominent films such as Lagaan, Shool and Dil Bole Hadippa. No one actually knows his name but remembers his face well. This character artist is fighting for his life in a Jaipur hospital and his family is trying to meet the demands of life each day as they are in dire financial crunch. It all started when the National School of Drama pass out Vyas was shooting for a film in Gujarat four years ago.

One evening he fainted in his bathroom in the middle of the night and was discovered the next day in a pool of blood, reported The Times of India. Although, he was operated on, yet he has been paralyzed since and his family is trying to make ends meets. They moved out of their Mumbai residence and are currently residing in Jaipur in a rented house. A close family friend, who has been a constant support to the family said, “Srivallabh sometimes screams all night, forcing his family to look for a new shelter every now and then. Vyas' s brother, a businessman, helps them out as much as he can.

Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) has been unresponsive to their needs as per the family. They did apply for help but the organization agreed to give them Rs. 10,000, an amount so nominal that his wife decided not to take it. She thought the amount to be too small to be obligated for. Aamir Khan, who worked with the man in Lagaan has been a constant help to them. Not only did he help but he also visited them in February when he was shooting for PK in Jaipur.

CINTAA on the other hand has denied that they have been unresponsive to Vyas. According to the spokesperson, an initial help of Rs. 50,000 was granted to the family but no one came to claim the cheque.

In a short span of time this is the second case that has come to the notice of the public. AK Hangal was another example. Inspite of being one of the most loved and respected character actors of his time, he died almost penniless. It just goes to show that the film industry is just a money-churning business, where humanity is lost with the layers of makeup they put on.

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