Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma’s TV show, The Kapil Sharma Show, is in the spotlight again. But, this time, it is making news for the wrong reasons. Recently, the nursing staff from various medical colleges and hospitals in Amritsar, Punjab, staged protests against Kapil, and his show, for allegedly projecting nurses in a vulgar manner.
On the comedy show, actor Rochelle Rao plays a sexy nurse, while Kiku Sharda plays a “fat” nurse.
A complaint has also been filed against Kapil at a police station in Amritsar. The nurses and the nursing students feel that the show has demeaned their profession by objectifying them. The nurses’ union in Amritsar is also planning to file a defamation case against Kapil, who belongs to Amritsar.
However, Kiku says he doesn’t “have the exact details” at the moment, and is unaware of any such case. “I have read about it (the protests) online... The show’s team hasn’t told us anything yet; we are shooting today,” he adds.
Reacting to the allegations made by the nurses, Kiku says, “It is all in good humour. I don’t think anyone should take it personally. We are not trying to make fun of any profession. Every character is part of some profession, and if people from every profession start objecting and protesting, then there will be no end.”
Incidentally, when the first episode went on air, the viewers were clearly informed that all the characters in this show are purely fictional. “No one plays a real doctor or nurse. The characters on the show repeatedly talk about how they don’t know their jobs, and that’s where the comedy comes from. One nurse (Rochelle) says she used to work in a boutique, and the doctor (played by Sunil Grover) says ‘I have a fake hospital. Come if you want.’ This is a comedy show, and it is not meant to be taken seriously,” says an insider.