Shilpa Shinde who effortlessly portrayed the character of Angoori Devi in &TV's most watched show- Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai- has now left the show and has also slammed the makers of the show for being biased and unprofessional. In an explosive interview to a leading online portal, Shilpa lashed out at the team and accused them of mistreating her.
But that's just one side of the story. Producer Binaifer Kohli who heads the Edit II production house has finally broken her silence on the issue and sent out a statement against the actress' allegations.
One of the major points that Shilpa has cried about is the exclusivity clause, which she refused to sign. But the production house has a different story to tell. "We have been giving into all her demands even though such demands are contrary to the terms of the agreement she has entered into with us. However, her demands have not ended here. She now wants to us to allow her to take up projects on competing channels. When it was pointed out that the contract clearly stated an ‘exclusivity clause’ she stated that she never had the intention of adhering to terms of exclusivity. Post this incident, she has been threatening to quit the show if we do not waiver the exclusivity clause," Kohli wrote in her statement.
Another thing that Shilpa accused the house of was the difference in treatment meted out towards her and her co-star Saumya Tandon. Talking about that, Kohli said, "Actor Shilpa Shinde had entered into an agreement with us in September 2014 and the Artist Fee has been increased two times till now on her demand. Furthermore, she has also been in breach of the contractual terms by reporting late for shoots, ordering her own costumes while there was a designated leading designer and arm twisting us to pay for the same."
What's the current state of things? "At present she has stopped shooting for the show and has sent us a letter informing us of her migraine issue and asking us to find a replacement soon. This blatant and material breach of the agreement and irresponsible attitude is causing irreparable losses and damage to not just the show but also to the production house. This is not the first time that we have put up with her unprofessional attitude and it has now reached a point where this cannot be tolerated anymore. We are professionals and we respect and encourage a healthy working environment," the statement reads.
Refuting and rubbishing all the accusations that Shilpa made against the channel and the production house, Kohli says, "Shilpa has been making several false, baseless and defamatory statements to media about us and the channel and since we have been silent so far it may have been viewed as our weakness. We have heard from media reports that she is planning to take up another show to be broadcast on a competing channel in blatant breach of her contractual obligations. If she has stopped shooting with us citing health issue like migraine, then it’s surprising that she is medically fit to consider taking up another show."
The makers haven't taken her blames lightly. Kohli has clearly mentioned that she has slapped a legal notice on Shilpa and it seems the battle lines are drawn. "Since she is the one to repeatedly breach the contract, we have sent across a legal notice to her and we will take necessary actions against her as instructed by our team of lawyers."