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Kapil-Sunil spat: Kapil can’t handle the pressure of success, says Raju Srivastava

Comedian Raju Srivastava, who recently shot for The Kapil Sharma Show, says that he has decided to play peacemaker between Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover

tv Updated: Mar 27, 2017 13:39 IST
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Hindustan Times
Comedian Raju Shrivastav will hold a meeting with Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover.
Comedian Raju Shrivastav will hold a meeting with Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover.

Kapil Sharma’s brawl with fellow comedian Sunil Grover on a flight has led other cast members of The Kapil Sharma Show, including Chandan Prabhakar and Ali Asgar, to boycott the show. None of them turned up at the shoot held recently. To ensure that the show goes on, the channel and the production house roped in comedians Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal and Ahsaan Qureshi, who featured in a special episode.

Now, Raju says that he plans to sort things out between Kapil and Sunil. “Kapil success ke pressure ko jhel nai pa raha. I don’t think he is arrogant, I just feel he can’t deal with the pressure that comes along. No matter which show it is, be it a function or a shaadi, people always want Kapil to come and perform. This is why he has even stopped answering his phone calls,” says Raju.

Reports suggest that Kapil was in a drunken state when he hit and abused Sunil on the flight from Australia. Raju reveals that he’s heard stories about Kapil losing his cool after consuming alcohol in the past too. “Although he has never misbehaved with me, other artists and technicians on the show have told me how he gets angry after drinking. They all say that otherwise he (Kapil) is fine, but changes completely as a person post consuming alcohol. It is so sad. People love us and if we behave like this (after drinking), it hurts our fans,” says Raju, adding, “Janta ka pyaar sabse upar hai...daaru-vaaru he can leave, but not this (Audience’s love matters the most, rest everything can be managed).

Nonetheless, Raju has taken the responsibility of sorting out this issue between Kapil and Sunil. He initially planned to hold a meeting at his place on Sunday, however it could not take place. “Kapil has told me that he is trying to meet Sunil, but he is out of Mumbai. He told me that Sunil is determined not to come back on the show. To make things better, I had arranged a meeting with them at my house on Sunday, and I had even thought of calling Kapil’s mom (to mediate). But Sunil told me that he had extended his travel plans and will get in touch with me when he is back,” says Raju.

Kapil also recently introduced his long-time girlfriend Ginni aka Bhavneet Chatrath on social media, which has been seen as a ploy to divert attention from his fight with Sunil. It seems that Ginny has been by Kapil’s side through all this. “Ginni was on the set last week as well. Not in any capacity, just to support Kapil. He even introduced me to her and said, ‘Yeh aapki bhabhi hai’ (she is your sister-in-law),” says Raju.

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First Published: Mar 27, 2017 13:37 IST