Sunil Grover on The Kapil Sharma feud: I'm here to work, not to walk out of shows
Tv Talks Networks, 27 April 201727 April 2017
It’s been a month since Sunil Grover walked out of Kapil Sharma’s eponymous comedy show following a mid-air brawl on their way back from a live event in Melbourne. While the widely-reported incident sparked off countless speculations, Sunil isn’t ready to disclose what exactly happened. He only says he won’t be returning to The Kapil Sharma Show even though he doesn’t believe in holding grudges.
“I’m here to work, not to have an argument with somebody and walk out of shows. I just want to make people laugh. Whatever happened was unfortunate, emergency landing ho gayi meri,” he quips.
His unceremonious exit sparked three more walk-outs, by co-stars Ali Asgar, Chandan Prabhakar and Sugandha Mishra, who quit as a show of solidarity. Incidentally, ratings have plummeted since, with the show dropping out of the top 10 chart for the first time. “Ratings are not in anybody’s control. Even I have done a show (Mad in India on Star Plus), where the ratings didn’t meet expectations. If I was good with that system, I’d be working every day and doing 10 shows,” Sunil reasons.
It must have stung to have missed the 100-episode celebrations of a show he had been with since its inception? “It did but maybe it’s destiny,” he says fatalistically, adding that he is conscious of the fact that the audience enjoyed watching his Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi’s verbal spars with Kapil on the show. Putting an end to a long and successful collaboration like that must have felt like a big risk. “Of course the association had been successful and I think Kapil is extremely talented and I wish him luck.”
Sunil goes on to say that he will be always be grateful to the platform and the characters the show provided but points out that the intellectual rights for these characters are with Sony (the channel on which Kapil’s show currently airs). “I can do these characters on live shows but not for another channel,” he points out.
Sunil’s big screen stint has also been riddled with controversies. After playing father to Shraddha Kapoor in Baaghi, the actor comedian appeared in his first lead role in the January release Coffee with D but refused to promote it following an altercation with the film’s team. He subsequently took to the social media to reason, “How do I promote something I don’t know what is in it. Makers had promised me to show the film, they did not. Kal Kal karte Kalyug aa Gaya (sic).”
Revisiting the episode makes him laugh. “Mujhe graha pooja karani padegi shayad. You learn from experiences like these and move on. I am open to doing more films because I’m not a comedian. It’s very difficult to be one. I am an actor who makes caricatures out of characters,” he asserts.
Currently in transit on TV, Sunil has taken to making appearances on other Sony shows like Indian Idol and Sabse Bada Kalakar. “The channel has been kind. Mahine mein ek aisa episode ho toh meri EMI (Easy Monthly Installments) nikal jaati hai,” he smiles.
What’s next? “There are offers from 10 places but there is no point talking about them till something materialises. Right now, I’m not in the state of mind to lock anything. I need to understand what I’m getting into first,” he signs off.