Television actors are quite miffed over the clause that their production houses are introducing these days. Although, a few clauses seem exclusive and limited to the actors of the particular shows; they may soon be adopted by other production houses, owing to the competition!
Recently, Comedy Nights Live actress Upasana Singh was annoyed when she was asked to sign a contract, even after quitting the show! And now, the recent topic in debate is 'No Dating Clause'. Recently, the production house of the show Baazigar got its actors Vatsal Sheth and Ishita Dutta to sign on an agreement that said the actors cannot date each other or anybody else from the cast and crew, while they are a part of the show!
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Aamir Ali, who is married to Sanjeeda Sheikh after dating for many years, was quoted by a leading daily as saying, " It's funny! Sanjee and I were doing two different shows made by the same production house. Luckily, no one stopped me or I didn't get arrested when I went to meet her on her set, which was in the same compound."
He further said, "On a serious note, actors who are dating must take care to not disrupt or delay shoots. And if they ever break up, they have to make sure that work doesn't suffer."
Vivian Dsena was quoted by the leading daily as saying, "We can't control or keep tabs on our feelings. I met my wife Vahbiz while working on 'Pyar Ki Ek Kahani'. If there was a clause like this at that time, I would have laughed it off. Clauses can't be put on emotions and relationships."
He further added, "What actors do in their personal lives outside the set is their decision. However, decorum has to be maintained on the set. Even if co-stars fall in love, they should not disturb the shoot or unit in any way."
Producer Saurabh Tewari says that although this clause cannot stop two people from dating, there are situations, where it can help. He says, "There are instances where the lead pair has fallen in love and things have got affected on the set. For instance, they prefer coming and leaving together and the schedule goes for toss. If they end up fighting in real life, they refuse to enact any romantic scene on the show. Lunch breaks tend to become extra long, causing delays and financially affecting the producer."
Another producer Yash Patnaik said 'dating is not an issue but when they break up, the problems starts'. He says, "They stop talking to each other. The unit and cast get divided; some support one actor and some, the other. The couple stops shooting much with each other and this has an effect on the creative execution of scenes."
Well, Mr Producer, when the lead couple date and the show gets good TRPs with their chemistry, you get double profit!