When Rishi Sharma (Bhasker Patel), who was seen dead at the foot of the stairs in the concluding scenes of Thursday’s (July 28) episode, viewers of Emmerdale were inconsolable.
The adored character was eager to attend the wedding of Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy), but issues before the big day severely strained the father-son bond.
Of course, we’re referring to Jai’s finding, which led him to realise that he was adopted.
Rishi said that he only had a limited understanding of Jai’s original father despite the fact that Jai has spent the last few weeks enraged at his dad for the seeming betrayal and determined to find out who his real father is.
That turned out to be inaccurate, as Rishi and Georgia (Lin Blakley) revealed to Jai in last night’s episode that Rishi is actually his brother, not his father, and that he and Suni (Brahmdeo Shannon Ramana) are actually brothers rather than cousins.
Rishi was getting ready at home, determined to be there for his son despite the challenges, as Jai and Laurel travelled to the church for their special day.
Georgia assisted Jai in accepting that Rishi had a good reason for keeping the adoption a secret as the reception got started. Rishi took care of everything so Jai didn’t have to, including dealing with the guilt that came from family members about Georgia having an affair.
Jai had enough reason from this to understand that he needed to mend fences with his father.
Rishi was found dead in his house, apparently having fallen while making ready for his son’s wedding, while the man was raising a toast to his friends and family.
And needless to say, everyone was devastated.
‘I’m going to miss Rishi so much,’ a another audience member exclaimed. The village was made more charming by his persona.
According to actor Chris Bisson, “Jai’s speech at the reception was really about his dad and how he wanted things to be right.”
How to enjoy what we have and how life is too short for any of us to take it for granted. Thus, when he learns who his father is the following day, he will be understandably devastated.
Not simply the loss of his father, but also the circumstances. because they weren’t able to settle things.
“I believe [the regret] will make things more difficult for him. He’ll reflect on it. It doesn’t just go, and in later scripts, we do refer back to this regret. We consider how their partnership was doing at the time of his passing.