The team of producer Rajan Shahi’s well-known show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, were in for a speed bump, when they learnt that three of their actors Sachin Tyagi, Swati Chitnis and Samir Onkar tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 virus. The three actors were immediately home quarantined and sent under medical guidance. However, sunny days are back again as all three of them have tested COVID negative after the results of the second testing came out.
Samir, who plays the character of Samarth Goenka in the show, is glad to have recovered from it and is glad that he has producer like Rajan Shahi and a cooperative team who supported him through the show.
Samir Onkar says, “I am thankful to the God and to all my well-wishers for their blessings and prayers because of whom I got this super speedy recovery without any damage The test for the 2nd time felt like awaiting an exam’s result since I had heard from so many people that it can again come positive even after 2 or 3 weeks. So, I was just praying with my fingers crossed that it must be NEGATIVE. I had followed a required diet followed by juices, coconut water, more of salad and fruits and multivitamins. And almost every day I was getting calls from my co-actors and crew members.”
Samir goes on to add, “Rajan sir and my directors were so worried, and they kept calling and messaging me to know about my health status. I missed going on sets but it didn’t feel like I was forgotten at all. Rajan sir and everyone else called me almost daily and kept updating me about what was happening on the shoot. They are really like a big family for me.”
The actor did have a tough time staying quarantined though. “This time I had almost lost my patience because, firstly, I had no symptoms at all as it was asymptomatic or maybe by the grace of god my body has strong tolerance capacity but still I had to be at home because of Covid positive report and secondly, I was missing the shoots a lot and felt irritated sometimes because most of the cast is shooting and I am under house arrest. It was way difficult from the last lockdown when everyone was at home. My sympathy for all the Covid patients who are fighting this disease…may God give all of them, strength to fight with it,” he says.