Abhishek Nigam open up about replacing Sheezan Khan in Ali Baba: 'Comparisons are normal and inevitable'

Feb 06, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Actor Abhishek Nigam who replaced actor Sheezan Khan in SAB TV's Ali Baba: Ek Andaaz Andekha Chapter 2, talked about comparisons with Sheezan Khan. Sheezan is in judicial custody in connection with the death case of Tunisha Sharma.

Actor Abhishek Nigam replaced actor Sheezan Khan in SAB TV's series Ali Baba Dastaan-E-Kabul after the death of Tunisha Sharma. Sheezan continues to remain in judicial custody after the death of his co-star Tunisha who was also his girlfriend. He was arrested last year on charges of abetment to suicide. Talking about stepping into the shoes of Sheezan, Abhishek said that he had his apprehensions about the casting offer, however, he didn't find any solid reason to refuse it. Also read: After Tunisha Sharma's death, Ali Baba shoot resumes on ‘freshly painted’ old set with puja

Abhishek Nigam on replacing actor Sheezan Khan in Ali Baba.
Abhishek Nigam on replacing actor Sheezan Khan in Ali Baba.

After Tunisha Sharma was found dead on the sets of the show, the shoot was put on hold for some time. It resumed last month after changing the name of the show from Ali Baba: Dastaan-E-Kabul to Ali Baba: Ek Andaaz Andekha Chapter 2. The show also stars Sayantani Ghosh.

Talking about apprehension about the show offer, Abhishek told Times of India, “Of course, there were apprehensions. Even if it is a regular role, one contemplates the pros and cons of the offer. I sought everyone’s advice and realised that I didn’t have any reason to decline the offer. The circumstances have been unfortunate, but we make a show with a lot of love and hard work. Iske peeche ek insaan ka haath nahi hota, bahut logon ki kadi mehnat hoti hai (A lot of people have put in there hard work). I went ahead with that emotion. The previous lead couple has done an amazing job. I realised that I would have to put in a lot of hard work while playing this character and I took the plunge with that resolution. I am sure our dedication will pay off.”

“Irrespective of the nature of the replacement, comparisons are normal and inevitable. The audience finds it difficult to warm up to a new face. However, if you are diligent and portray the character with conviction, you will strike a chord with the viewer. Our thought process has been to infuse a fresh approach to the show. Though the core emotion has been retained, my character is different from the previous one. It is more energetic and quirkier,” Abhishek also added when asked if he was worried about being compared to Sheezan.

Tunisha and Sheezan were in a relationship and are said to have broken up days before her death. Tunisha was found dead by suicide on December 24. Last month, the Vasai court remanded Sheezan in judicial custody for 14 days.

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