Shilpa Shinde, who plays Angoori bhabhi in &TV’s popular Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, has quit the TV show citing mental torture and a threat to her career. She also claimed that the show’s producer Benaifer Kohli of being a “terror on sets”.
The actress is now set to join The Kapil Sharma Show which will go on air soon. “I am working with Kapil Sharma. The show is more than a film for me. My fans will be very happy to see me on the show as my character will be comic, yet different from what I have done before.”
There were reports that the actress will play the role of Kapil’s ‘bhabhi’ (sister-in-law) on the show, but Shilpa said the makers are keeping the character a “surprise”. “I have not signed anything on paper yet, it is mutually decided as of now. The character is a surprise. I decided to do the show because they asked me very respectfully, they are all good actors. In fact, Kapil left a big channel to start his own show and his team did so too. That shows unity,” she said.
Attacking Bhabiji makers, Shilpa said she has been mentally tortured and will take legal action against the show’s makers. “I have been mentally tortured by the channel and the production house. They have threatened to sabotage my career if I take up work on rival channels. I am extremely upset about the whole issue and especially with the fact that they have mentioned about me being unprofessional and one who throws tantrums. I have had a lot of issues but never did I crib about anything, but after such a statement, I am very upset and have stopped shooting.”
The actress said there was favouritism as the lead of the show, Saumya Tandon, was given preference over her. “She gets her own costume designer, a personal hair dresser, but I had to ask for these things. Even if I am demanding a certain pay, it is because of my position.”
Shilpa claims she was up for pay revision after the show completed a year but it was refused to her. She also said that she was forced to shoot even when unwell. “They never gave me any off. I underwent a surgery for appendix, but these people called me within three days... I have a migraine problem. I even worked when I suffered from throat infection. I was on antibiotics but I never had them as I used to feel sleepy after taking medicines. I did everything for the show but this is what I am getting in return,” she told the daily.
Talking about Benaifer, he said, “She is a terror on the sets. Benafir mentally tortures actors. Ask the actors who have worked with her. I am planning to file a mental harassment case against her.”
The producer, meanwhile, has trained her gun on Shilpa’s attitude. Talking to a website, she said, “Shilpa was signed for a certain amount on the condition that she won’t ask for a raise. But within the first year, she asked for a raise twice and was given on both occasions. So what is she talking about? She finally said that if we don’t raise her fee a third time, she will stop coming on the sets under the pretext of a migraine. And see, that’s what she’s doing.” She also said that Shilpa has a dress designer and jewellery designer working with her but still is not happy with the situation.
Kohli also said that a legal notice has been sent to the actor. “Since she is the one to repeatedly breach the contract, we have sent across a legal notice to her and we will take necessary actions against her as instructed by our team of lawyers.”