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Shailesh Lodha makes shocking claims against TMKOC producer Asit Modi: ‘He called everyone his servant, tried to…’

Shailesh Lodhi opens up on why he left Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and makes shocking claims against producer Asit Modi.

It’s been more than a year since Shailesh Lodha quit Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and recently he even won a legal battle against the producers of the show over non-payment of dues. Now, the actor has opened up for the first time on why he left the show. 

In a recent interview with Lallantop, Shailesh Lodha opened up for the first time on why he left the show. The poet recalled how Asit Modi had spoken to him in a distasteful way and humiliated him for being a part of another show when he was invited to a stand-up show Good Night India on SAB TV as a celebrity guest. The actor said, “I shot for it and even recited a poem there. A day before the telecast, Taarak Mehta’s producer called me asking how could I be on that show. And the language that he used was not civil, leaving me infuriated.” 

He further added how he confronted the producer about the language he used and shared that the producer once called everyone on the show his servants in a derogatory way. 

He added, “I could not tolerate the way he spoke to me. A show is made by many people coming together and not just one person. I thus mailed him on February 17, 2022, that I would not like to continue with the show.” However, he added that he continued to go for shoots as he understood how creators would need time to wrap up their part. 

The actor further claimed that his past payments were held by the producer as a means to arm-twist him and shared that Asit Modi wanted him to sign an agreement which according to him would curb his rights but he was not keen to meet the producer. The actor further added that on April 5, he sent another mail that he had been shooting as a good gesture but wouldn’t continue to do so. 

Shailesh Lodha said, “Why do I take his permission before going on social media or speaking to the media? These are my basic rights. And why do I do it after I leave the show? The matter was never about money or payment but about how he spoke in an insulting tone. I had to go to the court and the settlement was done.” 

When Asit Modi addressed Shailesh Lodha’s claims on Twitter

Asit Modi wrote on his Twitter, “To put things on record, Shailesh Lodha had refused to complete his relieving formalities and sign the exit documents. Pending this we at Neela Film, were unable to clear his dues. M/s Neela Film had even deducted and paid the TDS on his dues as soon as his invoice was received. We had even prepared a demand draft towards his dues.” 

He also added that the honorable NCLT court also ensured Shailesh Lodha signed the exit document and wrote, “The honorable NCLT court through its order ensured that Shailesh Lodha signed the exit documents and completed the formalities in the court. Post which we released his dues. The very statement that he won the case is a wrong representation on the part of Shailesh Lodha, as the court order says that it was settled with consent. We are unable to understand his intentions behind sharing false information that too of a case that was consensually settled a few months back in MAY’23. We would appreciate that he should put this to rest and stop twisting facts for his personal gains.”

Read Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor Shailesh Lodha wins lawsuit against producer Asit Modi, to get Rs 1 crore in dues

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