Dear Krushna Abhishek, why are you sticking to Kapil Sharma's brand of humour we want to get rid of?
If the makers of 'Comedy Nights Live' want to have a memorable stay on small screen, then they must immediately add a little intelligence in their comedy.
The above mentioned question is knocking the brains of couch potatoes ever since 'Comedy Nights Live' went on air on Sunday. The state of comedy on Indian telly was never a refreshing one and audience always felt there was a clear absence of imagination and crisp humour. Kapil Sharma’s brand of comedy - (which was partially inspired by British-Indian actor Sanjeev Bhaskar’s famous show 'The Kumars at No 42'), which started on a funny note - had gone bland after a successful run of two and a half years.
When the news about Kapil Sharma’s show going off air surfaced, audience heaved a sigh of relief that the boring characters from Bittu Sharma’s family will no longer be seen.
The joy evidently was short-lived because Krushna Abhishek and Bharti Singh are back with the same format. The two talented actors had specialised in their own style of rude comedy and were rightly entertaining the audience in 'Comedy Nights Bachao'. The show that aired on Saturdays on the same channel was loosely based on the western concept of Roast- a comic genre which was slowly gaining recognition in India. Most A-list celebrities were happy to make an appearance on 'Bachao' to promote their movie/show and in return agreed to get roasted.
Krushna and Bharti jointly made fun of Shah Rukh Khan to Salman Khan and made jokes on the looks of Randeep Hooda and Adil Hussain. The silver lining was that none of these actors took an offence, rather sportingly added to their humour. One wonders, when they were ably making a mark on their own, what prompted Krushna and gang to step into someone else’s shoes. He is now seen as Pappu Singh while Bharti plays Chintu Sharma, Kapil Sharma’s son.
Kapil Sharma’s fallout with the channel was cited to be reason for the celebrated comedian and his team to make an exit. Rumours suggest that he will soon be seen on some other channel, most likely in the same avatar as Bittu Sharma. It might be Bittu Sharma Vs Pappu Singh on the small screen, which clearly indicates that there will be an absolute lack of diversity in the comedy space on Indian telly.
Just as mother of all daily soaps 'Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' by Ekta Kapoor featuring the Smriti Iraani, was the prototype, which spawned saas bahu soaps on Indian living rooms it is a matter of time that we will see more of Kapil’s brand of cheesy humour. We can only hope that we do not get to see formula based comedy shows mushrooming in random channels.
Former cricketer and politician Navjot Singh Siddhu was famous for making corny remarks like ‘pinki tippu’ ‘hrisht pusht mohtarma’ on female guests. Now, he is replaced by singer Mika Singh struggling to pull off similar tricks. Bua played by Upasna Singh embarrassed the guests by unabashedly making marital propositions, which continues in the new show also as she sticks to her ability to create awkward moments.
All of this has been done to death in Kapils’ show and the audiences need fresh content and innovative jokes for their funny bone to be tickled. If the makers of 'Comedy Nights Live' want to have a memorable stay on small screen, then they must immediately add a little intelligence in their comedy.