This is not the first time that Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover have fought. But this time, the spat took an ugly turn, that too on an international flight. SANGEETA YADAV tells you more as fans have now taken sides
From throwing shoes, calling people names and demeaning each other’s work, getting offended over petty issues and showing no gratitude has become a norm today. More so when it comes toThe Kapil Sharma Show (TKSS). The recent abuse and violence involving Sunil Grover (Dr Mashoor Gulati/Rinku Devi) and other cast of the show in a flight while returning from Australia, though a hot debate over social media, is nothing new.
Earlier, also, there was a spat between Sharma and Grover which had made the latter quit Comedy Nights With Kapil when it was being aired on Colors allegedly over payment issues.
For now, despite the fight, the show goes one and this Sunday it will be a comedian special where Raju Shrivastav and Ehsaan Qureshi are guests. There is also a new entry on the show — Paritosh Tripathi, the host of Indian Idol and Super Dancer . One is told that Grover has not shot past two TKSS episodes due to other work commitments; has quit the show but it is not official yet.
When contacted Kiku Sharda, who plays Bumper in TKSS, said: “I’ve nothing to say anything about the show right now.”
It is not just Grover who has left; Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar too have decided to leave. Though the channel and TKSS team are dealing with the matter at hand and trying to sort the dispute between Grover, Asgar (Dadi) and Chandan Prabhakar (the chaiwala) and Sharma, their fans on the social media have taken sides — the Gulati team and Sharma team.
Where some fans said that the entire drama has been created to fool everyone on April 1, 2017 which falls on Saturday, others lambasted Sharma for his terrible behaviour.
“Sunil Grover and Kapil Sharma are doing drama to get more TRP on April Fool’s Day. Friends, just ignore their fight… On April 1 (Saturday), The Kapil Sharma Show will broadcast its April Fool Day special and Dr Mashoor Galati will appear in this show… Both are making drama to get TRP,” Sohail King, one of the avid viewers of TKSS commented on Facebook.
Loads of messages are coming from across the countries urging Grover to not leave the show. “Best ever comedian of all time. Without you, Sunil, TKSS is incomplete. Come back please,” Zakir Aminyaar from Afghanistan, commented.
Harish Chandra from Rajasthan criticised Sharma and said: “Mr Kapil Sharma, with due respect to your talent, I wish to say that your increasing arrogance is evident in every new episode of TKSS. Hope you take note of that. Yes, you are damn successful but digest this success. Keep in mind the great Sachin Tendulkar. Despite being all time great player, there was no arrogance.”
Though Grover and other casts are bound by the contract with Sony for The Kapil Sharma Show, leaving the show midway would come at a heavy price for them.
When Sharma posting a picture with Ginni Chatrath announcing his marriage on the social media, little did his fans know the motive behind doing this was to divert the attention of the public, cover up the drunken brawl that had taken place and that all was well with this ‘family’.
But Grover took to the social media on March 20, 2017 and posted a note addressing Sharma. “Bhai ji! Yes, You hurt me deeply. Working with you has been a learning experience. Just one advice, start respecting human beings also apart from animals. All are not as successful as you are. All are not as talented as you are. But if they all are talented like you, who will value you. So, have some gratitude towards their existence. And also, if someone is correcting you, don’t abuse the person. Refrain from using foul language in front of women who have nothing to do with the stardom you carry, they are by chance just traveling with you. Thanks for making me realise it was your show and you have power to throw out anybody, anytime. You are the wittiest, and the best in your field. But don’t act like a ‘God’,” Grover wrote.
It was on March 21, that the crew broke the silence about what had happened between the two. The source said: “Kapil had consumed an entire bottle of liquor and was visibly drunk. When the food was being served by the cabin crew, his team started to eat. This angered Sharma, who was still finishing his drink. He shouted: ‘Jab maine khaana shuru nahi kiya toh tum logo ne kaise le liya khaana?’ After returning their half-finished food trays to the crew, Grover tried to calm Kapil down, who then started yelling, threw shoe and repeatedly slapped him.
“Tum logon ko maine banaya hai. Sabka career khatam kar dunga. Tum TV waale kya samajhte ho? Sabko nikaal doonga main. Gaya thha na tu toh. Aaya na waapas mere hi paas,” Kapil reportedly shouted. He even told them he is the only mard (man) in the team as the rest dress up as women to earn money, hinting at Grover and Asgar,” the source revealed.
Finding that the spat had taken an ugly turn, Sharma too posted on Facebook saying: “Was celebrating my best time and suddenly I heard news about me and Sunil paji fighting. First of all, see where it is coming from. What are the intentions behind this? If I fought with him in the flight then who saw it n informed you. Is he trustworthy? Some people enjoy this kind of stuff. We eat together… we travel together. I meet my brother once in a year. Spending almost every day with my team specially Sunil. I love him. I respect him. Yes, I had an argument with him. But are we not normal people? I shouted at him for the first time in five years. Itna toh chalta hai bhai. We will sit and talk that where is the problem. I love him as a artist, as a human being. He is like my elder brother. Why so much negativity all the time? I respect our media. There are some other serious issues which we need to focus. Is mine and Sunil’s issue so important and related with the security of my country? Sometime it happens in family. It’s our family matter. We will sort this out.”
One hopes that they patch up soon because without Dr Gulati/Rinku Devi, the show will be insipid. After all, the new entrant Dr Sanket Bhosale, who plays Sanju baba, is no good.
(The article also got published in Pioneer Newspaper – http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sunday-pioneer/backpack/unravel-this-gutthi.html).