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Rishi Sharma is the ex-husband of Georgia Sharma and the father of Jai, Nikhil and Priya Sharma. He is currently married to Manpreet Sharma.

Biography

2011-2018: Arrival in Emmerdale

In November 2011, Rishi and his wife along with their daughter Priya arrive in the village to meet his son Jai's fiancée, Charity Tate, approving of her. He spends a few weeks with Jai and becomes critical about the factory.

He attends Jai and Charity's wedding with his wife Georgia in January 2012. Rishi and Georgia return to see their granddaughter, Molly in October. Rishi's and Georgia's marriage dissolves and he moves in with Jai. He gets along with Jai's now-wife Charity and in July 2012 he helps her scam the Kings in order to get a share in their haulage business. 

When Jai gets Rachel Breckle pregnant and she gives birth to his son, Archie. When Rishi finds out about this he disapproves but agrees to keep it from Charity. In August 2013, He saves Jai's marriage with Charity by saying that the baby was his when she became convinced Jai was the father. But in November when Rishi suffers a heart attack, he reveals to Charity that Archie is Jai's, causing the breakdown of Jai and Charity's marriage.

In May 2014, Rishi's daughter Priya gives birth to Rishi's third grandchild, Amba, who was born seven weeks premature. Rishi learns that Jai was threatening Rachel during his custody battle and becomes ashamed of his actions. He helps Kirin Kotecha and Belle Dingle launch their cordial and plans for the launch party in September. While there, he tells Jai to go home after he knocks over Vanessa Woodfield, while under the influence of drugs. With Priya's help, he tries to help save the business, as many clients were turned off due to Jai's actions. Jai is then taken to hospital and Rishi is accused of sexism when he does not think Priya is capable of running the business, instead employing Nikhil. He helps Jai get over his addiction to cocaine.

In March 2016, Rishi has a fourth grandchild when Megan Macey gives birth to Jai's daughter Eliza.

In March 2018, Rishi walks in on Priya as she snaps at Amba and Eliza, much to the distress of the former. On the following day, Rishi attends Eliza's 2nd birthday party and is present when Jai finds bruises on her legs, proceeding to take her to hospital. When initial tests prove inconclusive, Rishi greatly offends Priya when he privately suggests that she may have inflicted them. Priya does, however, reveal her prior outburst to Jai and Megan, becoming under suspicion of child abuse. Priya's innocence is ultimately proved when Eliza's bruises are determined to be the result of epilepsy medication.

2018-: Relationship with Manpreet Jutla

In July 2018, Rishi took a fancy towards the new doctor, Dr Manpreet Jutla at the Abbott Lane Surgery when he arrived for his health check. They eventually start dating but Rishi starts getting insecure. However, Manpreet assures him she loves his larger than life personality.

In January 2019, Manpreet considered moving closer to the village in order to be closer to work and Jai and Priya tried to get Rishi to ask her to move in with them, a plan which eventually played off. In February, Jai started getting suspicious of her and soon discovered she had a spending addiction. When Manpreet stole from the factory accounts the following week she finally had to come clean to Rishi. However, Jai and Priya worried about her taking advantage of Rishi's big heart and tried to warn him. In March 2019, Rishi reveals that he and Manpreet got married in Las Vegas

In July 2019, desperate to help Manpreet with her mounting debts, Rishi let the factory pay the prize when he entered a deal with the ruthless Kim Tate, taking a secret loan from her. However, the family really hit rock bottom when on 1st August 2019, a fire started at the factory leading them to great financial issues and forcing Rishi to come clean to his children about his deal with Kim. With the dodgy alarm turned off by Rishi, the insurance company were reluctant to give them any sort of pay-out after finding out Rishi had turned of the defective fire alarm before the fire. With no way out, Jai was forced to sell to Kim, giving her a 49.5% share while Rishi and Priya gave up their shares in the business.

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Quotes

"It's been far to long" - first line, spoken to Nikhil Sharma.


"I'm not wearing a hairnet - it's not a good look for me!" - to Jai Sharma when discussing the worker shortage at the factory.

See also

Current characters
Eric Pollard | Kim Tate | Victoria Sugden | Zak Dingle | Sam Dingle | Mandy Dingle | Jamie Tate | Marlon Dingle | Paddy Kirk | Belle Dingle | Diane Sugden | Cain Dingle | Charity Dingle | Bob Hope | Rodney Blackstock | Nicola King | Rhona Goskirk | Gabby Thomas | Laurel Thomas | Chas Dingle | Pearl Ladderbanks | Aaron Dingle | Jimmy King | Noah Dingle | Sarah Sugden | Samson Dingle | David Metcalfe | Cathy Hope | Heath Hope | Arthur Thomas | Brenda Walker | Leyla Harding | Moira Dingle | Matty Barton | Angelica King | Jai Sharma | Priya Kotecha | Jacob Gallagher | Amy Wyatt | Elliot Windsor | Leo Goskirk | Amelia Spencer | Rishi Sharma | Dan Spencer | Kyle Winchester | Kerry Wyatt | Vanessa Woodfield | Archie Breckle | Harriet Finch | Liam Cavanagh | April Windsor | Amba Metcalfe | Tracy Metcalfe | Carl Holliday | Moses Dingle | Johnny Woodfield | Liv Flaherty | Dotty Thomas | Lydia Dingle | Isaac Dingle | Leanna Cavanagh | Dawn Taylor | Ryan Stocks | Manpreet Sharma | Ellis Chapman | Billy Fletcher | Bear Wolf | Vinny | Will Taylor | Nate Robinson | Andrea Tate | Millie Tate | Lucas Taylor | Wendy Posner | Al Chapman | Eve Dingle | Theo Metcalfe | Harry Sugden
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