Emmerdale: Bhasker Patel on finding out about Rishi’s death
Emmerdale fans were in for a treat as actor Bhasker Patel, known for his role as Rishi Sharma, shared exciting updates on his latest project following his character’s dramatic exit from the hit ITV soap.
Taking to Instagram, the 67-year-old actor revealed filming for the 10-part film cycle, Leviathan, had come to a close, leaving fans eagerly anticipating its release.
In a heartfelt post, Bhasker wrote: “That’s a WRAP on #leviathancycle #episode #epidose10 @xanadujenn @bartsienkiewicz #shezaddawood #director @emebenjamin @hyovaro finally said bye to Nemo #character & reunited with Ding Ling #thatsallfolks.” Accompanying the announcement were a collection of captivating behind-the-scenes snapshots from the set.
The actor also shared a separate behind-the-scenes photo, captioned: “#leviathancycle #episode10 @bartsienkiewicz @xanadujenn @unitedagents @emebenjamin #director #shezaddawood #readyformycloseup.”
Soap fans wasted no time expressing their excitement over the photos. One fan commented: “What a gorgeous picture,” accompanied by heart emojis. Another said: “Awesome photo,” while a third fan simply showered the post with hearts.
Meanwhile, Emmerdale viewers recently discovered the cause of Rishi’s untimely demise on Friday’s episode. In a poignant twist, it was revealed Rishi had suffered an accidental fall down the stairs.
The news came as a relief to those who had speculated about more sinister circumstances surrounding his death.
During Jai Sharma (played by Chris Bisson) and Laurel Thomas’ (Charlotte Bellamy) wedding celebration, Rishi was noticeably absent due to a falling out with his son. In an emotional speech, Jai expressed gratitude towards his father for always supporting him and vowed to speak to him soon to convey his true feelings.
However, the camera panned to a devastating scene as Rishi’s lifeless body was discovered at the bottom of the stairs by Jai.
Following his character’s departure, Bhasker Patel opened up about his emotional exit during an appearance on Lorraine. The actor revealed producers had made the decision to kill off Rishi in order to create a significant storyline and surprise viewers.
Reflecting on his time on Emmerdale, Bhasker expressed a mix of nostalgia and acceptance, acknowledging that his journey with Rishi had come to an end.
He said: “When the producer rang me and said: ‘I need to talk to you and we’re killing you off because we want a big story and it’s going to be a big surprise.’ Because my 12 years at ITV, they let me do a lot of other work, so I felt a part of ITV, a part of Rishi, but at the same time… I was working in London as well.
“So when the producer said ‘we’re going to kill you off’, I was like: ‘Okay, that part of my life with this guy is over and I’m going to move on’.”
Guest host Christine Lampard responded: “It’s brutal though: ‘we’re going to kill you off’ what a sentence to hear!”
Later Christine read out messages from fans, leaving Bhasker visibly moved and wiping away tears.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX, with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.
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