Exclusive: Shiv Kumar Verma still not out of danger: “2 TV shows made him insolvent and he used to collapse on the road” – Times of India
The latest on him is that his COVID test has come negative, he is faintly better than before but still on the ventilator and not out of danger. ETimes spoke to his daughter Rajsi a few minutes ago asking for details about what drove him to a state where he ran out of finances. Rajsi said that it all began in the late 90s when he produced 2 shows for TV- ‘ Kahani Tota Maina Ki’ and ‘Naadaniyaan”on El-TV and Jain TV which never saw the light of day. “Even the promos had come out but there were some middlemen who kept asking for more money. My father had invested a lot and could not cough up anymore, the shows eventually were not aired and he got very, very despondent.”
After that, Rajsi started working, or rather was compelled to work at the age of 15. “I told him that he should rather resort to acting which would at least fetch us some returns. He tried his hand at acting in a few movies but could not make much headway because he was getting work that he was not liking. And then you know, how it is in the film industry when you are not seen around…, ” the daughter trailed off.
Shiv Kumar’s health started deteriorating in the past few years when he increased the number of cigarettes that he was taking. “Of course we stopped him- but koi sunta hai kya? A stage came when Daddy used to sit on a chair and fall aaleep in 5 minutes. He used to go out and collapse on the road, eyes closed. The doctors advised some tests which revealed that he was breathing oxygen well but not exhaling enough carbon dioxide and his smoking was worsening the situation.”
The Vermas have received Rs 50,000 from CINTAA. “But that’s not enough. I have urged the film industry also to come forward,” Rajsi concluded.
We at ETimes also urge people to come forward and help the ailing Shiv Kumar Verma.