Like many moms who are juggling their work and keeping their children busy at home, Sunny, too, works her schedule around her children. “There are so many occasions when I am working on a script over a video call and my daughter is solving a puzzle in the same room with her teacher’s assistance. I want my children around me. I schedule my work as per their timings to ensure that I give them attention before I deep dive into work and my workout routine,” she says.
Sunny adds, “Right now, we know how much time we need to allot for which activity in the day. It’s pretty much chalked out. This is the most focused time to work on a film before it goes on the floors. There is nothing that takes away attention… no events, no other commitments — it’s just your work and your family. It works to my benefit. I already have a tutor to teach me Malayalam. It will take a few months for the film to take off, and my character does not require me to learn the language extensively. My team has been extremely proactive in picking out online workshops for me in this regard. In a normal scenario, things would have worked out differently.”
In recent months, shortly before the lockdown, Sunny had travelled down South for a shoot, for which she was accompanied by her kids. Was she apprehensive about taking them on the set? “Sometimes, my children spend time in the vanity van, but I don’t take them on the set. We prepare a chart for them that lists what they have to complete in the day. This time around, when my kids travelled with me, we all stayed within our bio-bubble. There was no one going in and out of it. We were also tested periodically. We shot without any cases of COVID-19. The thing is, we’ve been leading such restricted lives for about a year that even a little breather within a bio-bubble, was a good change for the kids.”
While Sunny says she is extremely cautious and takes all measures to keep her family safe, she hopes that there will be a time when the anxiety level will decrease. “Today, I definitely think we should adopt a way to be clean and hygienic for good. But we have to work towards a tomorrow where it’s okay to fall, touch the ground, sit on the grass and live without constant fear and anxiety over who is around me and who has been here before me. Constantly being in protective mode as parents has increased our stress levels. We’re constantly thinking of where the kids are, what are they touching, are they wearing masks… I look forward to the time when we can get back to being around people and don’t have to isolate ourselves from our neighbours.”