India, May 17 -- "People see us smiling on-screen and think we lead a fabulous life, but that's not true always," rues TV actor Sonal Vengurlekar, who has been awaiting dues running in to Rs 12 lakh from a production house for a show that she did last year, since over eight months. And as work has come to a halt amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it has made the situation worse.

Not keen to reveal the name of the production house, the actor has sought help from Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA). She was, however, so moved when her makeup artist Pankaj Gupta offered Rs 15,000 to help her, that she even appreciated his gesture via social media.

"My earnings run my house. My mother is a homemaker, and father is a heart patient. His medic...