Shilpa Shinde’s trade mark dialogue ‘Sahi Pakde Hain’, as ‘Angoori’ from &TV’s comic caper ‘Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!’, has become an instant hit with everyone. From children to adults, ‘Angoori’ has mesmerized everyone with her innocent child-like persona. Looking ravishing in saris with matching accessories, Shilpa has been basking in the success of the show. However, the actress has stopped shooting for the show owing to her fallout with the channel and the production house (&TV and EDIT 2 Production). The makers have accused the actress of throwing tantrums but Shilpa has denied all the allegations and claims innocence. In an exclusive conversation with TV Times, Shilpa Shinde clears the air about the controversy… (Credits: Vijaya Tiwari)

1. On not shooting for the show

The &TV officials wanted me to sign an exclusive contract with them, which I said no to. I don’t think it is justified to bind any actor by contract. I was ready to sign a bond which would not allow me to do a similar character like Angoori on any other platform. But this didn’t go down well with Vikas Gupta from &TV. When I refused to sign the contract, they started spreading rumours in the media that I throw tanturms on the set. They even refused to give me a raise during my contract renewal.

2. The actress has stopped shooting

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I have not been shooting post March 3, 2016. When the problem first started, they gave me a two-day off, thinking they will get my replacement. But when they failed to find someone, they started pressurizing me to sign the exclusive contract and resume the shoot. They even threatened me that they will take a legal action against me, if I don’t report on the set.

3. They treat us like puppets

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The Production house (Edit 2) is the main culprit. They, along with the channel, think that actors are puppets and they will make us dance to their tunes. They will not agree to anything on paper, but will make sure that we give everything in writing.

4. About her tantrums

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They tell me that I have a record of throwing tantrums. If this was the case why did they wait for an entire year. If I was really throwing tantrums, then why didn’t they sack me at the start of the project? I have a very good reputation in the industry and my work speaks for me. I worked on ‘Chidiya Ghar’ for a long time. If I would have been a tantrum queen, the production house (Garima Production) would have never repeated me in their show ‘Lapataganj’.

5. Asking for a special designer on the sets

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I was trying to help them. The designer, who was hired to make my clothes for the show, gave me shabby clothes to wear. I am in the entertainment business where my character demands me to look good. I requested them to sit down with the designer, at least once, and solve the problem. But they never bothered to do it. There were so many times I wore my own stuff for the show. I told them if you are not paying me for using my personal stuff on the show, then don’t pay the designer, too. I was trying to save their money.

 

image and content courtesy: The Times of India