Emmerdale’s Sharma Family saved by Kim Tate?
With their family business ruined and the Emmerdale factory burnt to a crisp, the Sharmas face financial ruin. As the family start to turn on each other, is Kim Tate the answer to their problems? Actor Chris Bisson explains…
The flames may have been put out on the Sharma’s sweet factory but the question of who is to blame for the fire is still very much alight. With the business facing financial ruin, the Sharma family start to point the finger of blame at each other.
And with the insurance representative arriving to assess the remains of the factory, the family may not being the only ones assigning blame, especially as Rishi Sharma (Bhasker Patel) worries how he will repay the high interest loan he borrowed from Kim Tate (Claire King).
In the dark about the loan, Rishi’s children Priya Kotecha (Fiona Wade) and Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) are increasingly suspicious that Rishi and his spendthrift wife Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker) were responsible for the fire.
However, Rishi is forced to come clean about the money and the next day Jai and Priya are full of trepidation as they prepare to read the terms of Kim’s loan agreement. Jai is livid at Rishi when he reads it, seeing no solution to their dire financial crisis.
Frustrated and angry that he could lose the business, Jai rebukes at the factory staff for asking about their wages and snaps at Rishi for the mess he’s caused. Seeing them argue, Manpreet despairs and rushes to pack her things up.
Jai has no alternative but to go and see Kim but when he visits Home Farm, Kim offers to buy the factory to help Jai’s financial situation. Will Jai accept or doesn’t he have any choice?
“He’s in the centre of a swirling whirlpool where he’s being sucked into the vortex,” explains Chris Bisson, who plays Jai Sharma. “Everybody wants something different from him – his dad, the factory workers, Kim Tate, the police and the insurance investigators. If he tries to make things better one way, it makes things worse in a different way. But Jai’s a good enough businessman to pull it around – I’m certain.”
Back at Holdgate, Jai and Priya catch Manpreet preparing to make a run for it. Can they encourage her to stay and support Rishi or was she just there for the money as they first suspected?
“Jai thinks Manpreet must be hiding a dark secret, as the level of debt Rishi has paid off for her is huge,” Chris adds. “Jai’s furious his dad has put the interests of Manpreet before his own children. He’s been willing to ruin the family business to chase a younger woman. There is nobody worse to take a loan from than Kim Tate, and Jai can’t believe Rishi has done that.”
It’s very apparent the Sharmas are left with no clue how to turn their fortunes around. And for Jai the pressure is mounting regarding the loan as he hopes the insurance will come good.
But an email from the insurance company queries the fact the factory’s fire alarm was switched-off at the factory which puts the insurance money in doubt. With Kim taunting Jai, he’s under pressure and later secretly meets with her to discuss the situation… will he sell his soul to the devil?
After ten years in the village, the Sharma sweet factory has been one of Emmerdale’s longest serving businesses. “To be honest, I’m surprised the factory hasn’t blown up or burned down sooner,” adds Chris.
“It’s the end of an era for me, because it marks me being on Emmerdale for ten years. It was my birthday the day we started shooting in the factory, so its been a ten-year cycle. I think it has lasted quite well in soap world.”
Don’t miss Emmerdale for more Sharma drama, weeknights at 7pm on ITV with additional episodes on Tuesday and Thursday.
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