After TV actor Shilpa Shinde’s abrupt exit from her show last month made headlines, Shubhangi Atre was chosen by the producers as her replacement. This is the second time Shubhangi has replaced Shilpa on a show. Here, Shubhangi talks about feeling the jitters before her entry on the show, the actor-producer tussle in television, and more.
You have replaced Shilpa on a TV show yet again. Are you feeling the pressure?
Yes, because audiences have certain expectations from the character of Angoori bhabhi. She is really loved, which is why I am a bit nervous. As for replacing Shilpa again, it is a coincidence. This show is quite popular, so it’s an honour for me to be part of this team. I want to enjoy my work and go ahead with positivity.
What was your reaction when you were approached for the show?
I am an actor, and I always look out for challenging roles. When I was offered this role, I grabbed it. In the past, I have done a romantic show, Kasturi, a family drama, Do Hanson Ka Joda, a negative role in Havan, and I was also part of an ensemble cast on a comedy show. But I was glad to get this role, as such characters aren’t written for TV very often. She is innocent, funny, and a bit dumb too. This character has many shades, so you can really experiment.
Do you feel it is fair for producers to replace actors overnight, and also get them to sign restricting contracts?
Exclusivity contracts aren’t unfair. I feel that in the TV industry, there is a mutual understanding. You have to remain loyal to a channel after signing a contract with them, as it is due to their shows that actors gain popularity in the first place. On TV, characters become a hit, while in films, actors become a hit.
Have you met Shilpa?
Yes, I have met her a few times. She is a brilliant actor and a sweet person. She has set a benchmark with this role.