‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ producers refuse to pay Deepika Singh her dues of Rs 1.14 crore



Here’s some shocking news for fans of Deepika Singh, who played the role of Sandhya in Star Plus’ popular daily show ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’. Although it has been more than two months since the show went off air, Deepika, who had been the face of the daily soap for five years, is yet to receive a payment of Rs 1.14 crore from the show’s producers.

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Deepika is terribly distraught that Shashi and Sumeet (producers of Diya Aur Baati Hum) have still to pay her Rs 1.14 crore.

Rumour has it that Shashi and Sumeet of Shashi Sumeet Productions, have had a dispute with the actress and are now up to slashing her fee to Rs 67 lakh, asserting that she was reporting late on the sets.

“Shashi and Sumeet wanted the actors to finish off their outstanding amounts (the show went off air on September 10 this year) by accepting a lump-sum amount. Deepika is not ready for any such settlement. She was the lead on the show who sweated it out almost every day on the sets, why should she allow herself to be shortchanged?” a source said.

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Associate producer of ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ and Shashi Sumeet Productions, Sheetal Somani said: “Look, let me tell you exactly. We want to deduct Rs 16 lakh as far as Deepika is concerned because she was reporting late on our sets.”

A source close to the development tells, “Yes, Deepika did come late on the sets sometimes, but that’s because the show’s leading man Annas Rashid often turned up 6 hours late. For a 10 pm call time, Anas reported at 4 pm. What should Deepika do on the sets when the other guy (Anas) in her scenes is not around?

Deepika in her defence said: “Let me also tell you exactly. I was on time on the sets of Diya Aur Baati Hum and I have enough proof of that.”

The actress is trying to convince the producers and if things don’t work out, she will seek help from Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) or take legal action, the report said.

Apparently, due to the ongoing troubles in her life, the actress had to let go off a good opportunity. Deepika was approached to play the role of Rajesh Arora’s (Kapil Sharma’s new avatar) wife in popular comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show.