Just a day after actress Sameksha came out in support of Shilpa Shinde against ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai‘ producers – Binaifer and Sanjay Kohli, it seems Yeh Hai Mohabbatein‘s Divyanka Tripathi couldn’t stop herself from voicing her opinion about exploitation prevalent in the television industry.
Divyanka who is soft spoken, lost her cool yesterday. She wrote on twitter “Are character or new artists slaves? Why are they ill treated on television sets? Jaago #CINTAA Jaago!”
Actress’ this tweet depicts that this is a wakeup call for CINTAA, an association meant to protect the rights of TV artists.
For the unversed, Shilpa Shinde, who used to earlier play Angoori Bhabhi in ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai’, had filed an FIR against Sanjay Kohli, the producer of the show, at Waliv Police Station, accusing him of sexual harassment.
Regarding the same, Shilpa had said, “I have been mentally tortured by the producer couple. I was also sexually harassed — Sanjay would often ask me to accompany him on promotional tours and say that I looked hot and beautiful. I shared my grievance with his wife Binaifer, but she didn’t act on it. Instead, I was labelled unprofessional. They claimed that I wanted to quit the show over an ill-fit blouse; tell me, who does that? I never wanted to quit the show, but was forced to work on their terms. However, I was replaced overnight after I refused to bow down. They slapped a case on me for causing them damages amounting to `12.5 crore. It’s been a year since I exited the show, but the torture continues. They even dissuaded others who approached me for work. They still have to clear my dues, which amount to `32 lakh.”
Sameksha Singh from Star Plus’ show ‘P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke‘ then came out in support of Shilpa and told “Binaifer’s set’s environment was really bad. No one treats actors like this. We used to be treated worse than factory workers. Binaifer used to abuse and talk to everyone and when people used to complain, she used to give it back. Binaifer used to take our close up shoots for 3-4 days and then in the end used to complaint that we don’t give her dates. I used to keep waiting at my house for her call. When I complained, she would scold me. She used to tell us that we don’t care about the quality, we just have to give the episode on time.”
Well, Divyanka’s this step to warn CINTAA is appreciable. Currently, she is seen in ‘Nach Baliye 8′ with husband Vivek Dahiya.