Mak­ers says ‘en­core’, ac­tors say ‘no more’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The end of a TV show or an ac­tor’s ouster from it does not mean you won’t en­joy your favourite char­ac­ter’s an­tics any­more. Mak­ers are keen to bring them back in the same avatar on an­other show. How­ever, do the ac­tors en­joy this? No, it seems. Af­ter Kavita Kaushik’s suc­cess­ful por­trayal of a tough cop Chan­dra­mukhi Chau­tala in the show F.I.R, mak­ers tried em­u­lat­ing her sig­na­ture style in her role of an army doc­tor in a new show, Dr Bhanu­mati on Duty. How­ever, it failed and Kaushik walked out of the show. “It was a huge blun­der and I apol­o­gise to view­ers for this de­ba­cle,” she says. Ac­tor Shilpa Shinde stirred a con­tro­versy when she left a show that saw her as An­goori Bhabhi. Now she’ll be seen in a sim­i­lar short se­ries, in a sim­i­lar getup, “but not as An­goori Bhabhi,” she clar­i­fies. “The se­ries is a spoof on the fight I had with the pro­duc­ers of my pre­vi­ous show, hence the same getup. But I won’t re­peat the role,” adds Shinde.

TV’s favourite, ac­tor Ali As­gar, whose char­ac­ter of Dadi in Com­edy Nights with Kapil left ev­ery­one in splits, re­peated the look with The Kapil Sharma Show but as Nani. “The loy­alty of the au­di­ence re­mains the same,” says As­gar, who adds that there’s a flip­side, too. “At the back of the mind, you’re think­ing if the char­ac­ter will con­tinue to be liked by the au­di­ence or not,” he says.

Dharam Pal Thaukur, di­rec­tor of The Kapil Sharma Show says they failed at at­tempts to sep­a­rate Ali As­gar’s role of Dadi from him. “We cre­ated Nani and a be­gum, but peo­ple would still call him Dadi. We try to not cash on a hit char­ac­ter. So, we’re care­ful with Ali’s di­a­logues and act­ing,” he says.

Kavita Kaushik as Chan­dra­mukhi Chau­tala and Dr Bhanu­mati Shilpa Shinde as An­goori Bhabhi in her pre­vi­ous show; (right) in the same getup in a new short se­ries

Ac­tor Ali As­gar as Dadi and Nani on two dif­fer­ent com­edy shows

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