Smriti Irani was called to work a day after suffering miscarriage

Former actress and Union Minister of Minority Affairs Smriti Irani recently recalled an uncomfortable incident from her days of shooting the daily soap, `Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi`.

Smriti, who also holds the Ministry of Women and Child Development portfolio, shared that she was called to work on the sets of her hit show a day after she suffered miscarriage.

At that time, she was also working on another show `Ramayan` directed by Ravi Chopra.

Smriti`s co-actor from `Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi` told producer Ekta Kapoor that she was lying following which Smriti showed up at Ekta`s office with her medical documents.

She told Neelesh Misra on `The Slow Interview`: “I was not aware that I am pregnant. I was on the set (of `Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi`) and I told them I am not well enough to shoot and asked to be allowed to go home. But still, I worked, and by the time they let me go, it was evening already. The doctor suggested, I go for a sonography. On my way, I started bleeding, and I remember it was raining. I stopped an auto and asked the driver to take me to the hospital. When I reached the hospital, a nurse came running, asking for an autograph… all while I was bleeding. I signed an autograph, and then asked her, `admit kar loge? I think I have suffered a miscarriage`.”

She shared that pushing the schedule of `Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi` was easier as the space could be filled by 50 other important characters unlike `Ramayan` in which she played Goddess Lakshmi as well as Sita. When Smriti told Ravi Chopra about her situation, he advised her to take a rest.

She said: “He told me, `tumhara dimag kharab hai` (Are you out of your mind)? Do you know how it feels to lose a child, you have just gone through that. Kal aane ki zaroorat nahi (No need to come tomorrow).”

“I, however, pushed and told him that it`s a Sunday episode and (the character) Sita can`t be replaced,” to which the director replied that he will manage.

The next day after her hospitalisation, Smriti returned on the sets of `Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi` where she found that a co-actor had told the producer that she was lying about her miscarriage.

Smriti said: “The person didn`t realise that I have returned because I needed money to pay EMIs for my house. The next day, I took all my medical papers to Ekta to tell her it is not a drama. She got uncomfortable and told me not to show the papers. I told her, `foetus bacha nahi, warna woh bhi dikha deti` (I would have shown you the foetus also had it been there).”

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