Why Mohnish Bahl quit Kuch Toh Log Kahenge
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The news about Mohnish Bahl quitting Kuch Toh Log Kahenge came as a bit of a shock to the show's viewers. While for some time it was known that all was not well between the actor and the production company, what was not expected was that he would leave the show mid-way. The news about his exit was broken by Sony's business head Sneha Rajani on Twitter. She admitted that Mohnish was leaving the show because of health reasons. But rumours refused to die about whether health alone was the sole reason behind his exit from the show, which has got critical appreciation despite lagging on rating charts.
Mohnish is known for finely balancing his career between films and serials. He hasn't done many serials but never left them mid-way. So why did he quit Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, which is barely six months old and still has a long way to go? When contacted, he refused to comment saying that he would like the channel to explain the reason. However, when we insisted on clarification whether he quit the show only on health grounds, Mohnish said that he suffers from lower back problem. "It's an old health issue that keeps recurring from time to time and gets corrected after a few days' rest. But it's never been so acute. Gruelling shooting schedules and lack of proper rest have made it worse since I started shooting for Kuch Toh Log…" he says.
But wasn't he aware of what he was getting into when he signed the show which is five-day-a-week daily? Surely the back problem must have weighed on his mind? After all, he has done daily soaps before too. "I have never shot like this for any of my past serials. For Dil Mill Gaye I used to shoot between six to 12 days in a month. So it was easier to handle," he defends. But the case with Kuch Toh Log Kahenge was different. He elaborates, "As per my contract I was required to shoot for only 12 days, but since it is a lead character-centric show, I had to shoot for 18 to 20 days. The location was quite far away from the place I stay, which is in south Mumbai. It required four hours of to and fro travelling. Hectic shooting schedules, night shifts and travelling started taking a toll on my health. There was no way I could have continued working like this because I couldn't push myself any further."