Producer Ekta Kapoor has expressed her support for Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!’s producer Binaifer Kohli. The show has been in the news as one of it’s lead actors Shilpa Shinde accused the production house of mental torture.
“#binaiferkohli d producer of d super hit #bhabhijigharpehai is taking legal action against their unprofessional actor! Producers on tv wodout IP work d hardest n earn d last! I urge all my fellow producers to stand by binaifer in her quest to get justice! (sic),” Ekta posted on her Instagram account.
Shilpa 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.”
She 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.
Benaifer Kohli, who sent her a legal notice, says they had no other option. “It was getting too much to bear and we finally had to go the legal way,” she says.
Talking about how the controversy developed, Kohli said the production house as well as the channel have been facing an issue from her side for quite a while now. “The channel has a policy that their lead actors will be exclusive to the network, which has multiple channels, but you cannot work on a competing network. There were some actors who didn’t agree and didn’t come on board, others said ok, but that they will charge a certain amount. One year ago, Shilpa Shinde signed an exclusivity contract and has been charging exorbitant fee. That is in black and white. She has been telling people that after one year she should get a raise, but her contract said that she will not get a raise for two years. Yet, she forced us to increase her money twice this time,” revealed Kohli.