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Star Plus Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’s Santoshi bids adieu to the show
Star Plus show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein became an overnight sensation amongst the viewers as people fell in love with the show’s unique concept and iconic characters. Ishita, Raman, Ruhi, Mihir, Mihika, Amma all developed a great bond with the audience.
Toshiji/Santoshi (played by Shaznaaz Rizwan) is one such well written character of YHM. Santoshi aka Mrs Bhalla who is Raman’s mother is a sweet melange of cuteness and angry Punjabi sherni. The audience loves her for her free spirited attitude and caring nature.
However sadly, Shaznaaz Rizwaan has decided to the quit the show.
In an interview with a popular news portal, Shahnaz said, “Yes, I am all set to quit the show.There is no such reason professionally. It’s just that I am really missing my family who is settled in London and eagerly waiting to go back to them. Actually not many know that I flew down to India just for Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. My son had produced a movie in which I had acted. The makers of YHM saw my performance and wanted me to be a part of the show. Initially, I was reluctant but I decided to go for it. My family also pushed me into taking up YHM. But now after 5 years after staying alone in Mumbai, I am missing my sons who are settled in London. I want to stay amidst my loved ones now. I can never forget Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. It’s been a terrific experience altogether. Though like in a family, we too have had our share of arguments and issues but we are still one big happy family.”
Even though we have seen Toshi and Madhu(Ishita’s Amma) as besties in YHM ,there were news reports talking about Shaznaaz Rizwan and Neena Kulkarni not getting along well with each other. While talking about this friction with her onscreen bestie Shaznaaz shared,”Not everybody gets along well and a few are extremely professional, we are one of them. But she is a fine artist. When I entered the show, she thought that I wouldn’t be able to live up to audiences expectations since I was put opposite to her character. She considered that I was a newcomer as compared to her since she has been in the industry for 40 years and has given some impeccable performances. But not many were aware of the fact that I was no newcomer and have a history of the same business. I have won a lot of accolades that I can proudly boast of. But when she saw that I was getting a lot of appreciation from viewers and the response to my character was terrific, a little insecurity grew within her mind. But I won’t absolutely blame her for that because she has a wide range of work in her success book and has also worked opposite a few stalwarts of the Bollywood industry. So this feeling of insecurity is natural. In fact, she herself had admitted to me of how she never expected such fine acting skills out of me. I have been a part of the Pakistani film industry since a toddler age, but a few did not know about this here and were shocked when they learned of it. But I hold no grudges. There is absolutely no ill feeling.”
While talking about the things she is going to miss about YHM, the actress instantly talked about her lovely offscreen bond with Divyanka Tripathi aka Ishita and Karan Patel aka Raman. Shaznaaz said,”Divyanka and Karan are the two people whom I am going to miss dearly. I have loved them with all my heart and the two have equally loved me. Divyanka is a sweetheart and loves me a lot, I can feel it. Karan is otherwise touted to be moody and has tempers, but I know he too loves me a lot and I can’t tell you how much I am going to miss him. There was a time on sets when Neena somewhere had created a kind of a divide between the two of us and many actors were in her favour but both Divyanka and Karan were impartial and did what they felt was right. Also, Divyanka and Karan weren’t happy with me quitting and I too melted seeing them each time but then some decisions need to be taken.”
This definitely is a sad news that we will see no more of Toshiji in the show. Though there is no confirmation on how the script writers are planning to end Toshi’s character in the show,there is a possibility that they might either kill Toshi’s character or send her on a pilgrimage forever.
We will definitely miss seeing Shaznaaz in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein!!