According to media reports, producer Rajan Shahi has imposed a no-affair clause for the Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actors. There were rumors of unprofessionalism caused by the alleged closeness between fired actors Shehzad Dhami and Pratikha Honmukhe on set.

The new lead of Yeh Rishta, Rohit Purohit, has confirmed the existence of the clause. However, a source has raised concerns over the feasibility and enforceability of such a clause, and the producer’s right to interfere in someone’s personal life.

On-set relationships are common in the TV industry, and usually, production houses don’t have any issues with it. Breakups can cause problems on set, but such issues are considered collateral damage.

While it’s true that Pratiksha’s alleged unprofessionalism may have created problems for the YRKKH unit, having a blanket ban on on-set relationships seems like an extreme measure. The actions of every couple can’t be generalized based on the actions of a few.

The source also pointed out the K-pop scenario, where dating contracts are common. However, as long as the couple doesn’t indulge in PDA on set, no one is bothered. Generally, a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is followed, which works well.

The source further questioned whether the same yardstick would be applied if known actors on the show fell in love. The PH obviously cant risk fan ire.

In imposing such a clause, DKP may have made a self-goal, as it could lead to a sympathy wave in favor of Shehzad and Pratiksha. The fandom was initially okay with their removal if discipline was the issue, but now that the goal post is being pushed back, the situation could change.