In the television industry, careers change overnight. And that can be in a good and a bad way. So, while an unknown actor might get catapulted to stardom when picked to play the lead in a new show, there is an equal and opposite force. That happens when after being confirmed for a project, an actor then gets replaced overnight. And while a few of these cases are talked about, numerous others go unreported.
The most recent incident was that of Rati Pandey. She was finalised for India’s Dancing Superstar, and even as she started going around telling the world (read, the media) and
working out her dates (since she has another daily soap, Hitler Didi), she learnt that Aishwarya Sakuja had replaced her. Apparently, Rati wasn’t even informed.
But this isn’t the first time. Mallika Sherawat was on board for the kids’ dance reality show Chak Dhoom Dhoom, before being replaced by Urmila Matondkar. She had shot just one episode that was aired. The reason given was that Mallika wasn’t used to the long working hours on TV and her dates clashed with her movie commitments. What you also probably didn’t know is that Karan Tacker was finalised to play Naitik in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, before being replaced by Karan Mehra at the last minute. In the case of Mita Vashisht, however, she walked out of Mahadev after shooting for a day. She said the director didn’t have any clarity,and after shooting for eight hours, she was unhappy.
For the same show, Shraddha Arya was finalised as Jallandhar’s love interest. But when she went to Delhi for another commitment, she was replaced by Neha Marda. Now, channels don’t particularly enjoy replacing actors. Replacements after shooting has started also mean financial losses. So, while most replacements happen due to date clashes, others happen when the actors sign more lucrative offers, or well, are just not good enough.