Shagufta Ali gets help from Neena Gupta and others, says 'They will be doing whatever best they can' | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India

Unlike the rest of the world, popular actor Shagufta Ali says she has been under lockdown for the last four years, battling depleting finances due to poor health and struggling to find work in an industry to which she has dedicated over three decades of her life. Best known for her work on TV shows like Saans, Sasural Simar Ka and Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, Shagufta Ali was diagnosed with diabetes six years ago, around the same time when the roles started drying up. The 54-year-old actor said she has been out of work since 2018. Her last acting role was a cameo in the show Bepannaah. She initially tried to manage the situation on her own by selling off her car and jewellery to pay mounting medical expenses, but has now reached out to the industry publicly as she was left with no other option. She told PTI, 'It's a long treatment and an expensive one, for which I was facing financial troubles. So I finally opened up to friends in the industry, asking for help because I was unable to carry on without support. The pandemic has been difficult for everyone but I have been going through a lockdown for the past four years.' The actor said she has received aid from some of her colleagues from the industry, including Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai star Sumeet Raghavan, Savdhaan India host Sushant Singh and Neena Gupta, her co-star and director of Saans. Shagufta told, 'When they got to know I was going through financial woes, both Sumeet and Sushant, who call me 'Shagufta aapa', came forward and helped me. Even the Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA) reached out to me. They will be doing whatever best they can.' However, the coronavirus induced nation-wide lockdown last year made matters worse for Shagufta. The constant worry of survival took a toll on her health, with the high blood sugar levels harming her eyes, for which the actor is currently undergoing treatment. Shagufta started her career in the late 1980s with appearances in '90s films like Hero No 1, Mehndi and Sirf Tum. She gained recognition with Neena's 1998 show Saans, on which she played her sister-in-law Shakutala Suri.

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