Let's face it guys, our Sunday evening entertainment, as we knew it has gone forever…
Comedy Nights With Kapil has now become Comedy Nights With Arshad Warsi. Today was the first episode of the show without Kapil Sharma pulling off his adorable, goofy and outrageously hilarious Bittoo stint. In his place we had the Guddu Rangeela actor hosting and entertaining guests. Unfortunately, it's not just Kapil who has left, 'Comedy' too has bid adieu to the show. My judgement could be a little biased here because I'm comparing Arshad to the show's former host, but it's hard to judge someone objectively when he's stepping into someone else's shoes and Kapil's are some really large shoes to fill in.
Arshad is a great actor with a brilliant comic timing, but after today's episode, I learnt that being a comic actor and being a comedian are two vastly different things. His punches weren't as spontaneous as Kapil's and his comebacks even less so. And the audience interaction round, where Kapil would take people's cases used to be so much fun. The way he pulled their legs would leave me in silts, but with Arshad it looked very forced and rehearsed. His remarks seemed more offensive than funny.
I'm sure having a bunch of serious actors like Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shreya Saran (who were there to promote Drishyam) wouldn't really have helped Arshad's case very much. But for what it's worth, it was really brave of Arshad to step in. No one else would have done it and even come this close. So hats off to the actor for his move!
As for the rest of the characters, for now I'd say Sunil Grover is the only saving grace of the show, though Ali Asgar and Kiku Sharda too manage to keep the essence of the show alive!