Shilpa Shinde finds first and only vo­cal sup­porter in Samek­sha

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Samek­sha (right) has stepped forth as the first and only fel­low ac­tor to sup­port ac­tor Shilpa Shinde’s claims of be­ing men­tally tor­tured by Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai pro­duc­ers Bi­naifer Kohli and her hus­band San­jay Kohli. Sameskha, who had worked with Bi­naifer on her show Zaara in 2007, says that she, too, faced prob­lems on the sets and was fi­nan­cially de­prived af­ter leav­ing the show, her pay­ments with­held for five months.

Prob­lems have been sim­mer­ing be­tween Shilpa Shinde, who acted in Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai, and the Kohlis for a while now. Last year, Shilpa ob­jected to the ex­clu­siv­ity clause in her con­tract with the Kohlis — the clause pre­vented her from tak­ing on other shows — and ac­cused the mak­ers of men­tally tor­tur­ing her. She quit the show, fol­low­ing which the pro­duc­ers sued her for Rs 12.5 crore for losses in­curred. Shilpa claims that the pro­duc­tion house still owes her Rs 32 lakh.

She has re­cently filed an FIR against San­jay Kohli, ac­cus­ing him of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. In turn, the Kohlis have filed a defama­tion case against Shilpa.


Like Shilpa, Samek­sha also faced is­sues with her con­tract — the ac­tor says that she was shown one ver­sion of the con­tract, but made to sign an­other one. “I told Bi­naifer so many times to give me the con­tract, since I had to give it to my char­tered ac­coun­tant,” says Samek­sha. “Then, she said that the doc­u­ment had got spoilt as some wa­ter fell on it, so I should sign a new one. I tried to read this con­tract [be­fore sign­ing again], but Bi­naifer said that it was the same con­tract and that I should just sign it. Af­ter a few months, when I saw the doc­u­ment, there was an ad­di­tional page of clauses that were in her favour.”

Samek­sha adds, “She did the same thing to Shilpa as well. She doesn’t give any­one their con­tract. Had I seen my con­tract ear­lier, I’d have ob­jected to these clauses, e.g. if we fin­ished shoot­ing early, our half-day pay­ment could be cut. Aise clauses pe koi sign karta hai?”


Shilpa Shinde has com­plained to the Cine and TV Artistes As­so­ci­a­tion, with no results. Samek­sha says, “In CINTAA, the mem­bers to whom we take our case are also ac­tors. So, when there’s a case against pro­duc­ers, [the as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers] don’t want to spoil their re­la­tions with them. This is why no one is sup­port­ing Shilpa. There is unity among pro­duc­ers, but not ac­tors.”

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