Rohan Pednekar, who rose to fame with popular Marathi TV show Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, is going through a major financial crisis due to lockdown. The actor, who is the only bread earner of his family, is now selling packets of dried fish. Rohan also fought back with depression and had suicidal thoughts and now wants to inspire all young actors and opened up on the hardship he had faced. Rohan, who played the role of Sahastrabudhe in the show, poured his heart out in an exclusive chat with ETimes TV.
Rohan was worried about his future career in acting, He said, “Before lockdown, everything was well and after 3 months we got to know that shoots will begin with 35 people. And among those 35 people, will I be included or not it was disturbing me and I got to know that only famous and top celebs will get work. Then, what about actors like me? I discussed it with my friends and family then we came to the conclusion that I have a piece of good knowledge about fishing because my father used to sell dried fish. I thought I have good knowledge about the same so why should I hesitate to sell it? I started selling dried fish and started to spread the word. As an actor, there is nothing to feel ashamed about selling dried fish, hunger doesn’t know your profession.”
The actor uploaded the video after learning about Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise on how he is dealing with depression and talking about the same, he said, “I read about Sushant Singh Rajput and made a video on how I am dealing with the financial crisis and depression at the same time. Depression forces you to commit suicide and I don’t want to be the next Sushant Singh Rajput. I have been dealing with depression for the last 3 months but I will fight back. I am the only one who is earning in the family and I have a 6 month old child, my wife is jobless. Then how am I going to help my family financially, what will happen once the shoot gets started? I am not a rich brat and rather belong to the middle-class family. Even if I am an actor, a writer of a few films, I was worried about my future.”
Rohan said he is not going to take debt from anyone and wants to fulfil his dreams with his sheer hard work, he said, “If someone lends me Rs.1 lakh, I will not take it. You can buy my dried fish packets but I don’t want anything in the form of sympathy.”
Dealing with depression, he said, “I was doing well in the first month of the lockdown. Then I saw people are committing suicide, dying because of hunger. I was doing the serial Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and thanks to the production house, I played the role of Sahastrabuddhe and got the payment too. I got so depressed later because that period was challenging for me financially. I spent all savings of Rs 3 to 4 lakhs. I am not rich that I have Rs 10 or 15 lakh as savings. I have EMIs, bills pending and other things as well but I accepted the fact and started this new thing”.
Talking about depression, he added, “Sushant Singh Rajput was in depression, I also tried to commit suicide because of the depression but I am a fighter. I am a positive guy but at the same time, suicidal thoughts came into my mind. At one point, mental stress, financial stress hits you and you feel that suicide is the best option. I want to assure my fans I will fight. You also should do the same.”
The actor wants to inspire everyone with his journey, he said, “I want to lead by example and show how I was battling depression. I have responsibilities as a father, husband, so we all should keep that in mind. We don’t have to be weak. I am trying to fulfil all my responsibilities by starting a small thing without hesitation.”
Rohan urged everyone to keep their ego aside and not feel ashamed to take up any kind of work. He said, “I am feeling really good now that after taking inspiration from me, a few actors have also started selling fruits and vegetables. They might be hiding it earlier but now they are not hesitating to announce it.”