“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.
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.
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.
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.