The ongoing clash between Binaifer Kohli, the producer of the hit comedy show, Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai!, and TV actor Shilpa Shinde, who played the lead role, Angoori Bhabhi, in the same show, has been making headlines for over a month now. It all started in mid-March, when Shilpa quit the show and was labelled “unprofessional” by the makers.
Binaifer also sent her a legal notice, demanding that she resume shooting or compensate the makers for the losses incurred as a result of her abrupt exit. She also approached the Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA), and filed a complaint against Shilpa.
The actor then decided to take legal action, too, and filed a complaint against Benaifer on March 29. Shilpa stated that she is being mentally tortured by the producer. CINTAA, too, ordered Shilpa to report to the sets, but the actor refused, leading to reports that claimed that the federation had imposed a lifetime ban on her. Then, some members of CINTAA recently clarified that they had not banned Shilpa, but had only asked her for an explanation, and had said that disciplinary action will be taken against her.
Shilpa, however, is least concerned about these allegations. “They (the makers of the show) are creative people, and have creatively planned things against me. I won’t sit quietly. This ban was rubbish. No one can ban me or stop me from acting,” says the actor, who seems unfazed by the ongoing developments, and is determined to fight it out. In fact, she claims to have bagged another project on TV. “They said that no producer will want to work with me now because I had quit their show. But I will prove them wrong. I will announce my next project soon,” she says.
In her defence, Shilpa says that even though an actor can be held accountable for leaving a show mid-way, no one protests when producers replace actors overnight. “What is wrong is wrong. I know actors who weren’t even aware that they were being replaced. So, why is it that the producers can do anything and get away with it, and the actors are held accountable for everything? The makers often stop actors’ payments too. Everything is in their favour in the contract,” says the actor.
Shilpa is also upset about the fact that everyone is focusing on her exit from the show, but no one seems interested in learning the reasons behind the move. “Today, I am facing such allegations, and I will respond to them at the right time. I will soon hold a press conference, and will provide proof to support my claims. I told the producer of the show time and again that I was unwell and unable to shoot. But they claimed that I was lying. I had to explain my medical issues to the world. It isn’t easy. No one quits a successful show without a valid reason,” she says.
The actor, who has been working on the small screen for the past 15 years, is not worried about her future or career, as she believes that she has “proved” herself. “I am rocking. I will continue to work. I am in talks with some film-makers. I deserve to do quality work,” says Shilpa, who holds no grudges against actor Shubhangi Atre, who has replaced her on the show. “I wish her all the best. The show must go on,” she adds.