Kapil Sharma redefined Indian television history with the groundbreaking success of his show, Comedy Nights With Kapil. The comedian who makes his debut with Abbas-Mustan's flick, Kis Kisko Pyaar Karu opposite Manjari Phadnis and Elli Avram has won over people across the globe with his signature school of irreverent humour and here's a list of things that make him sheer genius.
There was a point in every Bollywood fan's growing up years when Kader Khan, Johnny Lever and more recently Rajpal Yadav defined humour for us. However, with the rise of the discerning Indian audience, the repetitive and often slapstick jokes were almost cringe-worthy at times. Kapil stepped in with a brand new approach and although he pulls off almost any role with aplomb, inspector Shamsher, his cross-dressing act as a salon owner called Bubbly and the funniest of them all, a character called Sittoo who is a brash and eccentric criminal with the most frivolous antics and inane one-liners take the cake.
2) His singing skills
A lesser known fact about Kapil is that he always wanted to be a professional singer. Infact, he had moved to Amritsar to Mumbai with that dream in his heart. Popular music director duo Salim- Sulaiman had reportedly offered him a song and singer Sonu Nigam has in the past raved about his voice more than his comic timing. But, the icing on the cake was Lata Mangeshkar tweeting about his singing. We're super excited about his tweet that announces his Bollywood singing debut with Dr.Zeus for his debut flick. A jack of all trades indeed.
3) Donning many hats
Kapil Sharma has hosted several popular awards including the prestigious Filmfare Awards this year and some highly rated shows like Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa with Manish Paul. He also produces Comedy Nights with Kapil and works on ideas, scripts and content development with his team.
With his huge array of unique talents and his passion for what he does, it is no wonder then that he was voted CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in 2013 and made it to the 33rd position in the Forbes India Celebrity List this year.
Here's a toast to the man who changed the face of stand-up comedy and brought much-deserved respect and attention to Indian comedians. Happy Birthday Kapil!