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It’s a burden to have your own show: Ali Asgar

Comedian-actor Ali Asgar talks about his reasons for quitting The Kapil Sharma Show and how dubbing for a character for Despicable Me 3 helped him rediscover himself.

tv Updated: Jun 20, 2017 17:25 IST
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Ali Asgar says there are talks about a new comedy show but nothing is confirmed yet.

Actor-comedian Ali Asgar has been absent from television for a while, but he will soon be seen with Sunil Grover in Super Night With Tubelight, an integration for Salman Khan and Sohail Khan’s upcoming movie. Meanwhile, it’s being reported that Sunil and Ali will come together for another show with comedian Krushna Abhishek. Speaking about his scheduled appearances, Ali says, “We had fun shooting for the show. And yes, there are talks about the new show, but nothing is confirmed until we shoot it.”

Ali had walked out of The Kapil Sharma Show (TKSS) along with Sunil and Chandan Prabhakar in March soon after Sunil had a fight with comedian-host Kapil Sharma on board a plane, when an apparently inebriated Kapil insulted the trio. Has Ali put the episode behind him? He says, “I don’t like to think it like that. Whatever happened was unfortunate. I was part of that team and I have many memories of our shows — both Comedy Nights With Kapil (CNWK) and TKKS. The truth is, I opted out of the show as I wasn’t happy with my role in TKKS. While Dadi from CNWK was much loved and had a lot to do, Nani in TKKS wasn’t shaping up well. I gave the show a year hoping things would get better, but my character didn’t get the attention it deserved. I don’t have a grouse with Kapil. I kept mum earlier, as people interpret things differently, and facts are presented in a different light. I didn’t want to say anything, as I get scared of these things.” Ali says he hasn’t met Kapil since the in-flight incident, as they’ve both “been busy”.

Although he has worked in shows named after other comedians, Ali isn’t aspiring to headline one himself. “I don’t want a show to be named after me, but you never know what may happen. I don’t see something like that happening. I am happy being a part of big shows. It is a burden to have your own show. Why would I want that?” he says, laughing.

Ali recently had an opportunity to dub for an animation film, which he says was a “novel experience” for him. “Dubbing for an animated character was fun. And, I was talking in a male voice after a long time (laughs). I have played a woman in comedy shows for the past four years, so this dubbing experience helped me rediscover myself (laughs).”

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First Published: Jun 13, 2017 15:32 IST