The Hindi television industry seems to be divided over the Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai row. While some have backed Shilpa Shinde, who plays Angoori Bhabhi on the show, many - including Ekta Kapoor and Shilpa's co-star, Saumya Tandon - have backed Benaifer Kohli, the producer.
The latest to back Benaifer is Rohitash Gaud, who essays the character of Angoori's husband Manmohan Tiwari on the show. Tiwari told a leading entertainment portal that Shilpa abruptly stopped coming in to work without having reported any issues before the matter was made public. Gaud also said that he did not know that the makers of the show had raised Shilpa's remuneration twice in the past. He said:
"It is definitely disturbing us and we hope she comes back. We are ready to welcome her. Our producer is a good human being who's caring and gets along well with all the actors and crew members on the sets. We all work, pack-up on time and have good facilities here."
Gaud said he was shocked by Shilpa's allegations of being harassed on the sets. He said:
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"Humare show ko kisiki nazar lag gayi hai (our show is under the spell of an evil eye). I have no clue why she is blaming us. We are all friendly on the sets. Aasif ji used to get food for all of us too. The allegations are really shocking."
Meanwhile, Preeti Simoes, the creative director of The Kapil Sharma Show has revealed that the production has decided not to work with Shilpa until the matter with Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai is resolved. She told the Times of India:
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"Yes we are not shooting with Shilpa because of the issue between Benaifer Kohli and her is not yet resolved. So we have mutually decided not to introduce her character at the moment and she is more than welcome to join us whenever things are ok on that front."