Earlier this week, senior television actress Jaya Bhattacharya made headlines when news of her facing a tough time in personal life surfaced online. The reports said that she has an extreme shortage of funds as her mother is in the ICU due to a heart ailment and is looking for work.
The news went viral and became a hot topic of discussion on social media.
While the fact remains the same, Jaya is aghast at the exaggeration of the news portraying her as a "beggar" and "pleading" for work.
"I am being portrayed as if I am a bloody bhikari! Kaam toh aata-jaata hai in this profession. My attitude has always been to face the biggest of challenges with confidence and a smile on my face. Even now, I try to help whoever I can. Beizzati thodi na karani hai mujhe meri! All I need is good work. Also, since I never quote an exorbitant price, getting it should be easy. My mom is a bit better now. We have started orally feeding her," the actress told Hindustan Times.
Adding that, "There are still so many people who do not understand the importance of medical insurance. But one should, because medical emergencies can blow out of proportion and become uncontrollable."
Jaya has been a part of popular shows such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Bollywood films such as Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Devdas (2002) and Sirf Tum (1999), among others.
Meanwhile, check out some of the Twitter reactions on Jaya Bhattacharya's news:
Madhusudan Kumar: #JayaBhattacharya u are awesome at screen.. And i am sure u will rise above all.... Keep it up on good work
Sakshi Joshi: Where many artists may go Upto any extent (we all know) to maintain their lavish lifestyles, she just chose to ask for work with dignity esp when her mother is severely ill. Portraying her as a beggar is disgusting. More power to you #JayaBhattacharya
CA Jitendra Vagrecha: @smritiirani kabhi apki sathi kalakar reh chuki #JayaBhattacharya aaj muskil daur se gujar rahi h...kindly take a few minutes & look her. Her mother is also hospitalised & need some personal & fin. aid... Sources: as per latest interview and newspapers and online google reports