Demonetisation hasn’t exactly gone down well with many Indian citizens. Among the harrowed lot is actress Esha Gupta who was frank enough to admit about the hardships she faced ever since the government abolished 500 and 1000 rupee notes.
Talking exclusively to indianexpress.com, Esha said, “Ofcourse we all are troubled. I have to pay salaries and money to my maid. I don’t have enough cash and I don’t have time to go and stand in a line. How do you expect me to stand in a line. Either I do that or I go on sets and work. We end up working for 16 to 17 hours daily. So when do I sleep, when do I wake up and when do I stand in the line. My help used to stand in line for one whole day just to get the money. Half the time they don’t even get that.”
Esha believes PM Modi had the right intentions but the execution was faulty. “I am totally with the PM. I went and voted for him. My whole family has been a BJP and RSS follower. But this move was very unplanned. It was planned badly and executed badly. We still have bank accounts and ATM cards but those who don’t have these, life has become difficult for them. And there is the 2000 rupee note for which no one has the change. Today if I shop for 1000 rupees even then people don’t have enough change of 100 rupee notes to give you. That is the problem. Why wasn’t it planned properly? You should have planned for months or years on end and then you go and decide we will do it with a bang. If you want to scare everyone who has black money please do it but you atleast have it properly planned. I have a 2000 rupee note and who do I give it to. My maid asked for 200 rupees and I didn’t have it. Outside the banks, people have been standing in line without water and they can’t leave the line because they will miss their turn. I know PM is doing it for good but I really wish the party could have been less selfish and think more about the people of the country.”
Meanwhile, on the professional front, Esha is busy with Baadshaho, a film that has her all excited. Talking about her experience of working with Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, Esha said, “It’s been amazing. We have a lovely team. I am very comfortable with Emraan and have a great comfort level. Ajay seems serious on sets. But it isn’t. It’s good to be around senior actors like Ajay, Akshay Kumar (Rustom) and Emraan because they are not self-consumed. You get to learn a lot from them. It’s good to have senior actors like that acting with you because they can teach you a lot. And Milan Luthria is a fabulous director.”
Talking about her look in the film, Esha said, “It’s a period film. So I will be looking different. That’s all I can say. The beauty of a period film is that you don’t get to don that look anywhere else.