Arshad Warsi recently hosted an episode of comedian Kapil Sharma’s popular show Comedy Nights With Kapil, which will be aired on TV soon. The show featured Ajay Devgn and Tabu, who were promoting their upcoming film.
“It was so much fun,” says Arshad. The actor was holidaying in Goa with his family, when he got the offer to host the episode. “As Kapil wasn’t well, Ajay [Devgn] wanted me to host the show to promote his upcoming film. I took a flight to Mumbai, shot the episode, and returned to Goa,” says Arshad, adding, “People (the show’s team) were amazed. But I was quite scared, as I had not rehearsed at all. There is great energy on the show. I enjoyed [the experience], as I have never hosted a comedy show before.”
However, the 47-year-old was not alone. Kapil was supervising things behind-the-scenes. But, the actor is quick to add that this was a one-time affair. “I am not doing any more shows. Sajid [Khan; film-maker] might be hosting another episode,” says Arshad.
While shooting for his debut Bollywood film, Kapil overexerted himself. "I would workout, shoot in Rajasthan, practise dancing and wrap-up my TV shoots without any breaks. So, I ended up straining my back," he says. Soon, the ache became unbearable. Kapil says he had "no choice but to take care" of his health.
The 34-year-old went to Vancouver, Canada, for treatment, where doctors told him to rest for at least 15 days. “This is the longest break I have had in eight years. I was on the set when Arshad shot for the episode. I didn’t feel bad, insecure or possessive, because our aim is to entertain the audience. He is a natural comedian, and I enjoyed watching him,” says Kapil.