Rati Pandey replaces Rajshree Thakur in 'Shaadi Mubarak' after her midway exit


Rajshree Thakur, who returned to television with the daily soap Shaadi Mubarak after a gap of 5 years, has quit the show. Citing personal reasons, the actress told a leading daily that there were no creative differences and fights with the producers Sumeet and Shashi Mittal. Rajshree, who has a three-year-old daughter, said that she is unable to cope up with the hectic 12-hour schedule for 26 days in a month. She further added that when she suggested the production house to add in parallel tracks, they expressed their desire to not shift or change the storyline drastically. Promising to return to the small screen soon, Rajshree said she will plan things in a better way for her next project. 

"I never had any fight with the makers over my exit; I don't do that and I don't have that image too in the industry. We never fought over anything and everything happened on a mutual note. I had put in my papers two weeks back and had informed the producers well in advance about my exit. We sat across the tables and tried to figure out a way that this doesn't happen but we couldn't come up with a midway. The real reason for my exit is that I was unable to cope up with the hectic schedule of working for 12 hours and 26 days in a month, especially having a three-year-old daughter at home, who otherwise was managing pretty well. But as a mother, I couldn't convince myself to be away from her for so long. Yes, I did anticipate all this before taking up the show, which was doing really well for me, but practically things were becoming really difficult for me. Since I am staying with my mom right now, travelling time too increased. I tried to tell my side of the story to the production house, and I also suggested having more parallel tracks, but I had to be there in each and every scene which was not possible for me. The makers too didn't want to shift or change the storyline much. So in the end, I had to quit. But I really enjoyed whatever little journey I had on this show. And yes, I will be back again as I can't live without being on TV. I will work things out for my next project, I am hoping. But right now I am not thinking about that," Rajshree told.

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Now, after Rajshree's midway exit, the production house has roped in Rati Pandey to replace her. She had recently wrapped the shoot of Devi Adi Parashakti. Talking to a leading daily, Rati said she is excited to work with Rajeshwari Sachdev and Manav Gohil in Shaadi Mubarak. "It came as a surprise, but replacement is normal now on TV. I was in talks with the makers for a week and I’m excited to work with Rajeshwariji and Manav. I’ll try not to copy anyone and just bring my writer and director’s vision to life on screen," she said. 

(Source: Times Of India/Mumbai Mirror)