Actor Shailesh Lodha, renowned for his role in the popular sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, could be making a comeback to television in a very different role. Reports suggest that he might be participating in the upcoming season of the widely-watched reality show ‘Bigg Boss 17’, hosted by Salman Khan.
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Lodha was a mainstay on ‘TMKOC’ for an impressive 14 years before his departure. He left due to creative differences with the producer and other creative members of the show. Later, he took legal action against the show's makers for non-payment of dues, and after a legal battle, he emerged victorious, being awarded over Rs 1 crore in compensation by the
National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).
Lodha had previously emphasized that his battle against the creators was "not a matter of financial gain," but rather centered around reclaiming his sense of self-respect.
Now, after his triumph, Lodha appears to be ready to explore new avenues. While not yet officially confirmed, various reports suggest that he will be a prominent contestant on ‘Bigg Boss 17’. This season is rumored to have a unique theme of singles versus couples, with five single participants and four real-life couples vying against each other.
Despite the buzz, there hasn't been an official statement from the show's creators, and they're keeping a tight lid on the details to build anticipation.
For Lodha, his legal battle was more about reclaiming his self-respect than just financial compensation. He disclosed that he refused to sign a media gag clause imposed by the producer during his time on ‘TMKOC’.
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It remains to be seen how Lodha's journey unfolds in the new and different environment of ‘Bigg Boss 17’. if he indeed chooses to participate.