TV border ki tarah hai, dhyaan chooka aur goli lag sakti hai : Kapil Sharma, Actor and comedian
Updated on: 06 Jun 2016
Being famous comes with a lot of perks, but it has its own drawbacks, too. And one of the most successful Indian comedians Kapil Sharma is learning this first hand. From getting into legal spat with the channel that aired his last show Comedy Nights with Kapil to getting panned for making fun of nurses on his current show, The Kapil Sharma Show, he seems to be battling a new controversy every other week. However, he takes a practical view of things. "I don't think you can avoid it (controversies). For instance, in the nurses case, I was talking about characters, not the community. Rochelle Rao is an artist and she doesn't know how to speak Hindi, toh thoda mazaak kar liya, flirt kar liya. It's all about that particular character. Iska yeh matlab nai ki main uss community ko attack kar raha hoon. Kiku Sharda also plays a nurse and I always fight with him. That is also a character. My family doctor says that unka sara staff humara show enjoy karta hai. So we get a lot of appreciation too," says the 35-year-old.
If there is anything Kapil feels jittery about, it is the live performances even today! "I still get nervous... and that is also a good thing, as that boosts me to do better. Live shows are scary. When we go to different places, we feel that all these people are here, will we be able to entertain them! However, once we start performing and we see the love from the audience, all nervousness goes away... the audience becomes your family. For them, you are not someone new and they love to see you perform and you end up performing without realising for how long you have been onstage," says Kapil, who has stood up to quite a few challenges, including starting a new show. "I was positive about my new show, but I knew that I was leaving a big show and starting again. I was worried. But my team is very good and have supported me through this entire process. Inti jaldi ek show khadha karna is not easy. I knew there were a lot of expectations from me. To create magic was challenging. TV border ki tarah hai, aap border pe khade ho, dhyaan chooka and goli lag sakti hai," he says.
However, even then, he worried more about giving audience the best content and not about TRP ratings. "Ratings matter, but I don't get so bothered by them. Kaafi rural areas ratings mei included hi nahi ho paatey... I remember once, I had gone to one such place to shoot and I felt no one would come to watch us shoot. But so many people surrounded us that we couldn't shoot at all. The reach of TV is amazing," he says, adding that the in his journey it is the love of fans that has kept him going, right from his television debut with The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2008.