When the lockdown began actor Amit Sadh was quarantined far away in the Himalayas , away from the madding crowd.
“I guess that explains why I’m not restless even after two months in quarantine. I was in a place called Mukhteshwar in the forest. In fact for three weeks I was in a tent with no electricity no news little social media no contact with the city. Just me in the lap of nature. Over there the pandemic felt like a distant reality.”
Now Amit is back in Mumbai, and the reality of the current crisis has hit him hard. “The sense of freedom I felt in the Himalayas is lost. That apart I can’t complain. I always have led a very disciplined life, lockdown or no. I sleep at 9 pm and wake up at 5 am. I have dinner at 6 pm. That’s been my routine for so many years.”
Amit’s routine in lockdown is identical to a majority of Indians. “ I am doing what everyone else is: cleaning, washing, masking…what the lockdown has shown us is that we are equals. I hope we remember that. I am disturbed to see racism and discrimination raise their ugly heads all over the world again. I do hope we don’t go back to being the kind of selfish civilization we used to be before the pandemic. If that’s the case then we should question if we deserve a second shot at life.”
Amit Sadh follows a dietry routine , lockdown or no. “I don’t eat more or less than usual. I eat when I am hungry and I eat as much as I want. Except when I have to look a particular way for a role.Otherwise I’m always introspective irrespective of the lockdown. I am not doing anything now that I don’t normally do. I am not binge watching any shows because I never do. I loved Paatal Lok. I saw Netflix’s Hollywood. It made me cry. Bollywood should take a cue from it. This is what cinema should be.”
Amit is not wasting any time during the lockdown. “I am not on the field working. In the Hills I was walking a lot. In Mumbai I am writing chatting with friends, planning a podcast show. As for working-out, in India it is overrated. I don’t have access to a gym but I am doing my exercizes at home. But only as much as I need.I will have to start working-out rigorously after the lockdown for my role in the OTT series Breathe.”