Actor Nushrratt Bharuccha recalled her horrific experience while she was stranded in Israel amid the deadly attack by Hamas. On October 10, the actress took to her social media and issued her first statement after returning from a war zone area.
A long media statement that said, “The last week will forever remain etched in my memory…a rollercoaster ride of emotions, the final 36 hours of which will remain the most unforgettable and daunting of my life..
My producer, stylist and I had been flown in to Haifa in Israel, on October 3, to attend the reputed Haifa International Film Festival for the screening of our recent film, Akelli, alongside my Israeli co-actors Tsahi Halevi and Amir Boutrous. After two days of visiting all of Israel’s historic places, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Baha i, the Dead Sea, we’d almost ended our trip with a celebratory dinner for the film’s cast on Friday night, Oct 6. The evening, Tsahi, Amir and I had toasted our film’s selection at the Haifa Film Fest, promised to visit each other, and possibly work together again. We’d said our goodbyes and were ready to fly back the next day.
Describing the sudden change in atmosphere, she said, “But Saturday morning was nothing like the previous evening’s celebration. We were woken up to the deafening sounds of bombs going off, a blaring siren, and complete and utter panic as we were all rushed down into a ‘shelter’ in the basement of our hotel. It was only when we emerged from in there, after what seemed like an endless wait, that we learnt that Israel was under attack. Nothing could have prepared us for this news.”
Also, sharing a video, Nushrratt stated, “Hi everyone. I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to everyone for their messages, for their prayers, for their wishes. I am back, I am home, I am safe, I am fine.”
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