Veteran actress Surekha Sikri had recently raised her voiced against the Maharashtra government's decision to not permit cast and crew above 65 years to work in the post Covid-19 situation. The Badhaai Ho actress said that while she needs to resume work to manage her expenses, Sikri, 75, is quite upset with recent reports doing the rounds that she has asked her friends for loans.
"I don't want any wrong impression to be created among people that I am going around begging people for money. I don't want charity. Yes many have reached out to me, which is very kind of them. I really feel grateful. But I've not taken anything from anyone. Give me work and I want to earn respectfully," she told hindustantimes.com.
The National Award winning actress said that she has been getting calls for work, but they were all for ad films.
"But nothing has been finalised yet. Again, these won't be sufficient. I need to do more work to take care of my medical bills and other expenses. I think producers aren't ready to take the risk," she added.
At the National Film Awards ceremony held in December 2019, Surekha Sikri had arrived on a wheelchair as she wasn't keeping well for a while. She was honoured in the category of Best supporting role (female) for her part in the 2018 film Badhaai Ho. It was her third National Award.