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Exclusive – Jayati Bhatia on shooting for Sasural Simar Ka 2 during the pandemic away from home: Have left my 74-year-old mother in Mumbai

Seasoned actress Jayati Bhatia, who essayed the popular character of Mataji in the first season of Sasural Simar Ka, is returning to the small screen once again but this time as Geetanjali Devi in the second edition of the show. The cast and crew of the show is currently shooting in Agra for SSK 2 because of the 15-days Janta curfew that has been imposed in Maharashtra. Like everyone, Jayati is also concerned about her family and prays that things come back to normal before they return to the state. During an exclusive conversation with ETimes TV, the senior actress shared that she has a 74-year-old mother, who is currently in Mumbai and Jayati constantly prays for her well-being.

“I have left a 74-year-old mother in Mumbai to come and shoot here in Agra. More than me, she is worried about me. I am not the only one who has left her family member and has gone to work. There have been people who have left their children, family, husbands, wives and we all are in the same boat. During such a tiring time especially the pandemic you can’t even ask your friends or neighbours to check on your family as nobody is allowed to enter your society as the entire state is under curfew and all these things makes you worry. It is worrisome that God forbid something happens there will be nobody to help you immediately. You can’t ask help from friends or relatives because everything is under lockdown. I have always travelled out of Mumbai because of my theatre work for one week or few days because you always knew that the next door person will help you or can take your loved ones to the hospital if needed but right now the situation in Mumbai is so bad that you don’t even know if you will get beds in hospitals. I am only praying that things remain good and everyone’s health is fine. Right now jaan hai toh jahaan hai has become very important. We have understood that health is wealth and I am hoping that we come out of this pandemic very soon. I know this time too shall pass and I pray my mother remains healthy till everything goes back to normal and we return to mumbai,” she shared.

When asked if the gloomy situation in the country due to the pandemic has affected the shooting atmosphere on the sets, the actress said, “There is stress at the back of everyone’s mind and you get to know by looking at their faces. But at the end of the day we are entertainers and we cope up with so much emotions on a daily basis and we have learnt to handle everything. We know that we are in a pandemic but at the same time we know work is worship and we have to work hard and finish the episodes because we will be going on-air from April 26th. It is like a war-footing and we have to give episodes everyday. I would speak on everyone’s behalf of all the units who are shooting away from homes at different locations, I salute them despite the pandemic we have taken a responsibility on our shoulders to give entertainment to everyone.”

Talking about the precautions that the production house is taking during the shooting of the show, the actress said, “All the production houses are following the guidelines and shooting with minimum people and till the time our directors doesn’t say that the shot is ready we don’t remove our masks, every half and hour and whenever we get a break we sanitise our hands. We are trying every bit, we are maintaining social distancing as much as possible. We sit in our vanity vans or makeup rooms if we are free or don’t have our scenes, we don’t loiter around. We only come out when we have our shot ready. But back of the mind everyone is tensed. Everyone is scared that they don’t fall sick. You don’t know who is carrying the virus. We are all in a dilemma about what is right and wrong.”