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I have travelled across world because of my talent: Kapil Sharma

Sharma wants to explore more opportunities in B-Town instead of aiming for Hollywood.

bollywood Updated: May 03, 2016 21:31 IST
Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari
Kapil Sharma

“I am producing a Punjabi movie, which will go on the floors on May 12. It is an adaptation of a Marathi film; I have taken the rights of that movie. It’s based on the education system.,” says Kapil Sharma.

“I think main badi normal si baat karta hoon, aur ek aam aadmi usse relate kar paata hai (the things I say are very normal, and the common man can relate to them),” says Kapil Sharma. From hosting one of the most-watched comedy TV shows in the country, to becoming a successful film actor — Kapil has come a long way, and has proved that a common man can make a mark in B-Town. Here, the actor tells us more about his career, his love for music, and more.

Do you feel comedy, as a career option, has scope in India?

I have been able to travel across the world because of my skills as a comic. When I was a kid, I learnt the names of a few countries while studying geography. Now, I have travelled to those countries because of comedy. I visited Indonesia, Myanmar and Bhutan recently, and was amazed to find so many Indian fans there. I also got to venture into films because of comedy. People struggle to get into movies straightaway. But my comedy skills on a TV show were loved so much that I was offered a Bollywood project.

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You have tried your hand at Bollywood. Does Hollywood also interest you?

I just want to continue doing what I am doing. And I am happy doing Bollywood films. I think Hollywood already has a sufficient amount of talent. We should sell things where there are buyers. So, since Indian viewers love my work, I want to continue exploring more avenues here. However, if there is a subject that I think should be made in Punjabi, I will do that. I am producing a Punjabi movie. It is an adaptation of a Marathi movie. I have acquired the rights to that movie. It is based on the education system.

“People struggle to get into movies straightaway. But my comedy skills on a TV show were loved so much that I was offered a Bollywood project,” says Kapil Sharma.

The content of your TV show is really relatable. Where do you derive inspiration from?

I try to pick up moments from people’s day-to-day lives, and incorporate them in my content. My upbringing has had a very big part to play in the kind of content I deliver today. For instance, I remember, as a kid, my dad used to bring home mangoes, and we didn’t have a fridge at home, so, we would keep them in a tub full of water. Aisi choti-choti cheezein logon ke saamne rakh di hain maine bas (these simple observations are what I present to people). This is what helps me connect to people across the board. Anyway, I have always been very clear about not doing below-the-belt comedy.

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What would you say to those who wish to pursue comedy professionally?

I would just say that being genuine and honest to yourself is very important. You should know if you are good at something; whether you are average or bad, admit it. Also, maturity and awareness play a big role. During my recent interaction with the students from film-maker Subhash Ghai’s school of media and communication, I met a 23-year-old guy who was learning editing. At that age, I didn’t know where to go to hone my skills. It was only when reality shows started that I gathered the courage to audition for one in Amritsar (Punjab).

Is there any other field that you want to explore?

I love music. I would be happy to sing for films. I recently even got an offer to sing in a Punjabi film. I also sang two songs in my Bollywood movie.