'Mad In India failed because of comparisons with Comedy Nights'

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2014 14:04 IST

He had launched his own comedy show

Mad In India

(MII) with great pomp, but it’s failed to make a mark.

Sunil Grover feels that the show got bogged down by comparisons with Kapil Sharma’s

Comedy Nights With Kapil


In an exclusive interview, he talks about his journey and why he isn’t thinking of going back to Kapil’s show.

What has the response to Mad In India been?

(Laughs) Mixed. It didn’t click with the audience initially, I admit, but the makers tried to make a good show. Perhaps, I couldn’t meet the viewers’ expectations. There were technical problems with the show which I wouldn’t like to discuss. At times, it’s about the mindset of audiences too. People made it out to be a match (between MII and CNWK).

But there are similarities between the two — live audience, gags and now Chunky Pandey as a special audience member.

The humour quotient wasn’t bad on paper, but perhaps the format of the show didn’t work. One can’t really say what will or won’t work. It’s the same with movies; sometimes really good movies don’t work but nonsensical ones make money. It’s about the right time and people.

Are you upset about the show's failure?

I am not sad. Of course, you want to know what went wrong. But life doesn’t stop here, and we all need to move on. We are trying to make each episode better, and do the best we can. I can’t look into each and every aspect of the show. I am nobody to make a show work or not. A single person can’t make a show work, but a single man can make a show fail.

How did Manish Paul quitting the show affect it?

He’s a good guy who works passionately. He’s very respected on the sets but he might have had preoccupations.

Do you feel it was the right decision to quit Kapil’s show?

I didn’t leave the show because of anyone. There are times when decisions work out and, at other times, certain things don’t favour you.

Kapil mentioned recently that you are welcome back on his show. Do you see yourself going back?

I haven’t really thought about it. I am still working on my show and not thinking about anything else till the time it is on air. My fans and friends have told me to go back to CNWK. But, I really don’t know. I am too invested in MII right now. After it is over, Grover will decide what to do… (laughs).

Has Kapil reached out to you personally?

We are in touch on and off; we are friends who chat at times. We are as warm as we always were. On a personal level, we don’t have any issues with each other.

How will you look back on your experience at MII?

I should have done a few characters on TV and in films and explored new areas as a performer and actor. That would’ve helped me grow and do new things.

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