Was never banned from TV: Yuvvraaj Malhotra
In 2008, television actor Yuvvraaj Malhotra had a tiff with actor-producer Smriti Irani about her show, Waaris. Soon after, he was apparently thrown out of Zee TV’s Betiyaan. Rumours about him having been banned from the industry, following the spat with Smriti, did the rounds for some time. But on Monday, Yuvvraaj returned to the tube after over two years, with Sony’s Shubh Vivaah, just to prove all those speculations wrong.
“The rumours were not true. I was never banned. Someone wanted to tarnish my image,” says Yuvvraaj, adding, “People didn’t ask me for the real story and assumed the worst. I have a valid Cine And TV Artistes Association card, so that proves I’m not banned.”
Yuvvraaj’s row with Smriti apparently revolved around the payment of his dues, following which he exited Waaris. And then he was reported to have had a issue with a co-actor on the sets of Betiyaan, after which he left that show too. Without revealing much about either situation, Yuvvaraj insists he left only after “things got ugly”.
Admitting that the rumours did hamper his career momentarily, he adds, “I was on the lookout for TV work, but then a film came my way. I was under contract for two years, which is why people thought I was banned.” The film, which he refuses to divulge details about, will release in a few months.
Currently, Yuvvraaj is thrilled to be back on the tube. “Perhaps it was my destiny to get to play the role of a positive character, Bansi, in Shubh Vivaah. He’s secretly in love with Saroj (actor Neha Janpandit).”
The actor was allegedly in a relationship with TV producer Pearl Grey, who after they spilt, accused him of using her. When asked about his personal life, Yuvvraaj chose to stay mum.