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Poonam Singh

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the entertainment industry with shoots being stalled and works coming to a halt. All these have taken a toll on the livelihoods of many. 

One such actor, who is reportedly in financial crisis, is actor Tirthanand Rao who has worked with Kapil Sharma in his comedy show. 

Due to financial stress and unavailability of works, Rao reportedly attempted suicide on December 27, 2021. However, with the timely intervention of his neighbours, he was saved. 

According to reports, on December 27 evening, he had consumed poison to end his life. However, his neighbours sensed something was wrong with him and rushed him to hospital where he recovered after four days.

The actor, who is well-known as ‘Junior Nana Patekar’, in an interview with a leading news channel revealed how personal and professional stress has been haunting him and it had forced him to take the extreme step.

In an interview with Aaj Tak, Rao said, “I had consumed poison and I was in a serious condition. I am facing financial problems and my family has also left me. When I was admitted to the hospital, my mother and brother did not even come to see me. Despite living in the same complex, my family members do not talk to me. They did not spend a penny on my treatment either. Even after coming from the hospital, I am staying alone at home. What could be worse than this?”

He also revealed that how he has not been paid by the makers of a film for Shemaroo Me and a web series he had worked for.

Talking about his association with Kapil Sharma, he revealed that Kapil had approached him for work after Sunil Grover left his show. However, he had to let go of the opportunity due to his previous work commitments.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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