Actor Sushant Singh, known for his television roles and fondly remembered for essaying Sukhdev in The Legend of Bhagat Singh, has spoken about his sudden ouster from television show Saavdhan India.
He said it was unclear whether he was let go because of his participation in the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or there were budgetary constraints behind his firing from the crime show.
The actor, who has been associated with the TV show as its host since 2012, shared the news about his exit on Twitter, hinting his involvement with the protests may have been the reason, saying it was a "small price" to pay for speaking up. "And, my stint with Savdhaan India has ended," Sushant tweeted on Tuesday.
Contractually, it has to be a month's notice, but to shoot during that time or not is up to them. I don't want to link both these things. I went for the protest and then in the night, I got the message that this will be my last day of shoot. Maybe it is a coincidence, maybe this was planned. I don't want to speculate,” he told PTI.
Speaking to TOI, he said it is strange all this happened right after he appeared for the protests. “If that was the reason, I don’t regret it,” he said.
The actor said he is not afraid of losing work for his activism as he believes it is a small price to pay. "If that is the price, I am more than willing to pay for it as it is about the future of my country, about kids. Maybe, I will earn less. It is a flimsy thing to even think about.
Sushant said the issue of his exit became big after someone on Twitter asked, 'Is this is price for speaking truth?' "Even if it is, it is a very small price, it is work, it will come and go. I had no idea this will be linked to the protests and will become a big news. I had not done this with that kind of intention. I take stand on issues and I will continue to do that. I don't want to become an issue that will dilute the attention from the main issue."
-with PTI inputs