Saumya Tandon is no longer a part of ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain’. The actor is quitting the show after the long association for half a decade (five years – ‘Bhabhi JI Ghar Par Hain’ first aired in 2015). In an interview with Bombay Times, Saumya Tandon said, “Yes, I have decided to not renew my contract further. Tomorrow (August 21) is my last day of shoot. Finally, people can stop speculating whether I will continue on the show or not.” The actress also revealed what made her quit the most loved show that too at a time when people are wanting to work. The decision came on Thursday amid speculations that she is not happy with the pay cut and does not want to risk her health during COVID-19.
Saumya further said, “Well, you can say that it’s an impractical decision to quit a stable job, that too, in an established show. But, I realised that being employed and earning a regular income was not exciting enough any more. I want to do projects where there is scope for growth as an artiste. Having said that, it does not mean that ‘Bhabi Ji…’ did not contribute to my growth, I had a beautiful journey on the show. However, I have played this character for five years now, and I don’t see myself doing it for another five years.” It was earlier said that the actress wanted to quit due to coronavirus and also due to pay cuts. However, she refused and said, “Not continuing with ‘Bhabi Ji…’ was not an impulsive decision. Yes, it is true that I was anxious after my hairdresser tested positive for coronavirus, and I did not want to put my elderly mother and one-and-a-half-year-old son at risk. But, I have completed my notice period. My producers (Sanjay and Binaifer Kohli) were very co-operative and I have a great rapport with them. They have been great producers and respect them a lot. As far as pay cut is concerned, in these times, people have to accept that the economy has been hit. I am not leaving the show because of monetary reasons.”
Saumya Tandon aka Anita from Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain also shared about her future plans. “I want to be part of well-written stories. People are writing good scripts on other platforms; even Bollywood is experimenting with good content. I will miss the entire team of ‘Bhabi Ji…’, but I have to push myself out of my comfort zone and take new risks in life,” she said.