Television actress and Karan Patel’s wife Ankita Bhargava, who was suppose to feature in Vikram Bhatt’s web series, Unafraid has been fired from it.
The web-series has been called off and the entire crew has been fired overnight. Ankita and the cast had already shot for 12 episodes, when they were suddenly informed about shutting shop.
The actress is miffed with the makers of the web-series and she revealed that she sensed trouble when the cast was not shown the first cut of the 12 episodes. “We were told that the rough edit needs a bit of re-editing and then, we’d be shown the final cut. I didn’t mind that as several rounds of editing are not uncommon. But, a few days later, we were shooting outdoors for a crucial scene and were suddenly told to pack up. They said there was some issue with the location,” said Ankita.
Ankita also took to her Instagram and shared some pictures from the shoot and captioned it as “Some journeys aren’t meant to be completed and Some Roads have a Dead End!This is to announce that Me and The entire original cast and crew is no longer a part of #unafraid @viuindia @vbontheweb_There is always a first time!And This is my first time to have been embroiled in #unethical behaviour!Vikram Sir,I really wish…. none the less ,U r a sweetheart! Big Hug To U! ?”
“They informed me that the show was being shelved and the contracts, annulled. Everyone was fired overnight. Apparently, our output was not in sync with what the makers wanted. Shooting 12 episodes isn’t a joke. I had refused so many other offers since I was contractually bound,” the actress revealed further.
Adding further, Ankita said, “As the protagonist, I should have at least been given an explanation over an official meeting before they started reshooting with the new cast. This is utterly unethical and unprofessional.”
When Mid-Day contacted Vikram Bhatt to talk about the matter, he regretted the turn of events and said, “When I saw the first few episodes, I realised that this was not the show I had in mind. I had the choice of going ahead with something that wasn’t my vision, or putting my money where my mouth is and revamping it altogether. As far as Ankita is concerned, she is a fabulous actor and a good friend. I stand committed to working with her on my very next show.”