Shilpa Shinde lied, used my name: Saumya

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja ■ monika.rawal@htlive.com

It has been a year since ac­tor Shilpa Shinde (left) of Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain fame walked out of the TV show. A few months later, she filed a case of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against San­jay Kohli, co-pro­ducer of the show, also cit­ing it as the rea­son for her exit. In March this year, she spoke about hav­ing con­fided in co-star and “friend” Saumya Tan­don about Kohli’s in­ten­tions.

Saumya, who had back then only said that “there was no com­mu­ni­ca­tion [about the al­le­ga­tions] be­tween Shilpa and me,” now — in a chat with HT — calls it a bla­tant lie. “It’s not true at all. It is sad that she is us­ing my name. I shared a very pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship with her. Also, I’m the kind of a per­son who is very con­fi­dent about my­self,” she says.

Shilpa had ear­lier said that on speak­ing to Saumya about the is­sue, the lat­ter’s re­ac­tion was, “Hu­mari in­dus­try mein koi rape nai karta, Shilpa.” Saumya re­calls no such con­ver­sa­tion, and goes on to add, “I’ve never no­ticed my pro­ducer (Kohli) hav­ing such in­ten­tions to­wards any woman on our sets. In fact, he rarely ever vis­its the sets, and never goes to any ac­tor’s room or van­ity van, so I didn’t experience any such thing.”

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