TV actor Vishaal Kotian, who played the role of Birbal in popular TV series Akbar Birbal, accused comedian Kiku Sharda of getting him replaced on an upcoming comedy show. The actor was reportedly finalized to play one of the two male leads along with Kiku Sharda in 'Partners' but he was thrown out of the show overnight and he believes that Kiku had a huge role to play in his ouster.
"Kiku used his stardom and got me ousted from our TV show. We were supposed to play the two main characters on the show, but suddenly, Kiku started finding flaws with it. He wanted the action in the show to be toned down so that he gets to do all the comedy and the other actor doesn't get much screen time. In fact, he even got six writers and presented a different script to the channel suggesting they change the title of the show and the focus be only on him. The channel, however, declined the request as they had already marketed the show with the title 'Partners'. Then, he suggested that they get an actor who wasn't as beefed up as me as it was no longer an action-comedy. He has also got another director to shoot his scenes. I didn't expect him to be insecure about me. We shared such a good equation that I am shocked that he could do this to me. If this is what success does to you, I am happy not being successful," Vishal told Times Of India.
However denying the allegations, Kiku said: "The decision was taken collectively by the channel, producer, the director and me. So, he can point fingers at whoever he wants to. There are various reasons for replacing him and I wouldn't like to comment on the details. Comedy will be our priority, but we are not doing away with action and viewers will see the new actor, Vipul Roy, perform action on the show. Also, TV has certain limitations when exploring the action genre, which looks more grand on the big screen. Certain things, including the concept, were not working out. They needed to be looked into for the betterment of the show."
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