Kapil Sharma, having conquered the hearts of many with Comedy Nights With Kapil, is now ready to try Bollywood with Yash Raj Films' 'Bank Chor'. Kapil's rise on television from being a stand-up comedian to one of the country's most sought after entertainers is the stuff fairy tales are made of. However, the comic entertainer reveals he is not willing to allow his show, Comedy Nights With Kapil, to suffer at any cost.
Excerpts from an interview:
Q: Your one tweet has caused a nation-wide furore. Apparently
you decided to end Comedy Nights... without consulting
A: (Sighs) I give my life and blood to the show. Even now as I
talk to you I haven't slept for the last 36 hours. I'll never give
up the show. I just wanted a break because I was exhausted.
Q: Absolutely. I hear the channel was taken aback by your tweet
announcing the show's end. What made you take that shocking
A: Every show has it own profile and destiny. The format on
'Comedy Nights...' required me to put together 26 episodes
around the adventures of six family members. The 26 episodes
stretched into 50 and then into a 100 episodes. I felt we needed to
Continue reading the rest of the excerpts in the
Kapil In Demand
Q: I am aware that a barrage of movie offers that came your way
until you finally said yes to the Yash Raj offer?
A: That's right. Before I said yes to Yash Raj's 'Bank Chor' I
turned down some really good film offers including one by Sunil
Manchanda, the producers of 'Tere Naam'. I also said no Farhan
Akhtar's offer. I felt really awful saying no to this
...The Yash Raj film I signed was supposed to go on the floors
in March 2014. Now it's June. I am still not able to give them my
dates. Actors crave to be in Yash Raj films. And here I am,
delaying the shooting. I don't want them to think I am arrogant.
But I consider 'Comedy Nights...' to be bigger than any
Q: Apparently the Channel can't afford to let you go because the
ratings of your show alone are higher than the aggregate ratings of
all their other popular shows?
A: If that is the case I don't want to think about it. But I do
know people wait for my show every week. I don't want to sound
boastful because my mother would slap me if I became
Quality Comes First
...I want the show to grow. For this I need a break of a month
at least. True, no show in the history of Indian television has
remained no.1 uninterrupted for a 100 episodes. But I don't want to
compromise on quality.
Q: So once and for all are you planning to quit Comedy
A: I did 300 episodes of Comedy Circus. I am not the kind of
person to abandon a show. Let me tell you, the offers that are
coming my way are extremely tempting...
...I've no complaints against Colors. They've been wonderful to
me. Source: AINS.