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Kapil Sharma: King of comedy or controversies?

Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 22, 2014
First Published: 10:48 IST(22/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:56 IST(22/7/2014)

From his recent tiff with actor Ajaz Khan to his Bollywood debut being in doldrums, and live ­audience alleging ­mismanagement at his TV show shoot, we look at 10 controversies that made comedian Kapil Sharma hit headlines

1. Last week, actor Ajaz Khan accused Kapil of not airing an episode that he apparently shot for, for his TV show. Ajaz not only tweeted a picture of himself with the 33-year-old standup comedian from the sets, but was also ­quoted saying, "I contacted Kapil personally but I haven’t received any reply from him or even Preeti Simoes who works for the show… Kapil is a very insecure person."

2. Earlier this month, Kapil had a nasty war of words with actor-producer Kamaal Rashid Khan (above) aka KRK. The fight, which started with KRK mocking Kapil over his Bollywood debut, soured when Kapil gave it back to him using abusive words, and KRK in turn alleged that Kapil was threatening him through a ‘don’. Eventually Kapil apologised saying that he shouldn’t have used cuss words.

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3. Kapil’s three-film-deal with a leading production house was called off recently, with Kapil alleging that the ­constant delay in the shoot forced him to quit the ­project. The makers denied this allegation. Buzz was also that Kapil was interfering in the script, and that the makers were reportedly unable to ­convince any female actor to act alongside him which further fuelled the decision to put him off the project. Now, however, Kapil is in talks with filmmaker duo Abbas-Mustan for their next.

Also watch: Kapil on his exit from Bank Chor



4. Kapil drew a lot of flak during his recent act in the national capital, when the organisers kept guests carrying tickets worth upto Rs. 3000 stranded at the gates in the sweltering heat. Kapil also made ­mediapersons wait for two hours for an interaction, saying that he was doing his makeup, and that he forgot his dress at the hotel. Chaos prevailed at the concert, too, with the sound system not working in the last few rows, forcing people to leave the venue, fuming. Several others poked fun at his repetitive jokes.

5. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that some people were ­trying to cash on the ­popularity of his show by selling fake passes of Comedy Nights with Kapil, which the show’s creative director, Preeti Simoes, ­clarified on Twitter by ­saying that it’s a scam because no one needs to pay to watch this show. Recently, however, Kapil was once again embroiled in an ­audience-related controversy when a first person account of two girls, who were part of the audience, appeared in a Mumbai ­tabloid, whereby the girls not only called their experience on the shoot “a nightmare”, but harshly criticized the arrogance of Kapil’s crew. They further alleged that they weren’t allowed to drink water, go to the washroom or even call back home. The shoot had started at 11am and ­continued till 1am in the night.

Also read: Nothing wrong, no political agenda, Kapil on Modi tweets

6. Last month, soon after Kapil stirred up a storm by tweeting that his TV show is coming to a ­closure in September, the show’s creative director Preeti Simoes, as a ­damage control ­measure, clarified that Kapil’s tweet was ­misinterpreted, and that he was only ­talking about taking a break. Apparently, even the host channel was taken aback with Kapil’s tweet. In what seemed like a clear tiff with the channel, Kapil went on record saying: “Mere ko kisi channel ne nahin banaya hai.”

7. Kapil and his show hit headlines last year when one of the show’s most popular actors at that time, Sunil Grover, who played the character of Guthhi, walked out of the show. Kapil tried to rope in actor Gaurav Gera to reprise the girlie act, but failed to impress the ­audience. Meanwhile, in several interviews, Grover went on record saying he felt “underpaid” in Kapil’s show and hence ventured out to earn better, thereby bringing their cold war out in the open. Now, however, Grover is reportedly back on the show, apparently with a fatter pay packet. 

Also watch: Waiting for Gutthi to come back, says Kapil Sharma



8. One of Kapil’s biggest controversies came in the form of a tax soup. As per a Mumbai tabloid report, Kapil had allegedly evaded tax up to Rs. 60lakhs. 

9. According to some reports, the show may not be as ­spontaneous as it seems. An insider even confirms the same, saying, “The celebrity guests are briefed in advance about what to say, do, and how to react. Among the audience, who will ask what question and will be asked to come on stage for antic is also pre-decided. There are some spontaneous questions too, but very few.”

10. Kapil hit headlines after the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) fiasco, where he not only walked in two hours late on the opening day, but also started throwing tons of tantrums including demanding a ­vanity van. It was reported that Kapil abruptly walked out of the venue within half-an-hour, that left the organisers furious because Kapil was allegedly paid a whopping Rs. 1.25 crore for this show.
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