Jai hides a big secret amid Rishi funeral devastation in Emmerdale

The death of Rishi Sharma (Bhasker Patel) has hit the villagers of Emmerdale hard. The beloved character collapsed and died as he was on his way to Jai (Chris Bisson) and Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy)’s wedding, with his body not being found until Jai went to look for him the next morning.

A heartbroken Jai cradled Rishi in his arms as he tried to process the fact that there had been so many harsh words between him and the man who’d always been his father – and now he would never be able to tell Rishi how much he loved him.

Prior to the tragedy, Jai had discovered that he was adopted and when he confronted Rishi about it he was given vague answers and partial truths. It wasn’t until the day of the wedding that Rishi finally disclosed that Jai’s biological father is Amit, Rishi’s brother. Amit had had a fling with Jai’s mum Georgia (Lin Blakley), who became pregnant.

Georgia and Rishi married and Rishi brought Jai up as his son. Despite having two other children, Nikhil (Rik Makarem) and Priya (Fiona Wade), Rishi always loved Jai as his own and in many ways he was the favoured child.

Obviously all of this is a massive amount to process and in Tuesday (August 1)’s episode Jai was having a hard time. He was trying to cope with all the admin that needs attending to when someone dies, including arranging Rishi’s funeral, which will be in India.

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Priya and Nikhil had been in touch to confirm they would be going, and that gave Jai something else to worry about: should he tell them about Amit being his real father?

One thing he knew for certain was that Rishi hadn’t wanted Suni (Brahmdeo Shannon Ramana) to know that he’s Jai’s brother rather than his cousin. To respect Rishi’s wishes, Jai felt that if he told Nikhil and Priya it was only a matter of time before Suni would find out.

Another worry was how he was going to feel when he saw the man he’d previously known as ‘Uncle Amit’ at the funeral, knowing now what the family history had been. When Suni said that Amit had told him that Jai hadn’t been replying to his texts, Jai got angry and snapped at him.

He apologised later, but when he was alone with Laurel Jai made a decision. He wanted the knowledge about Amit being his biological father to be kept between him and Laurel.

‘It’s not easy keeping secrets,’ Laurel said.

‘But it’s the right thing to do,’ Jai replied.

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