We Are Not Trying to Outdo Our Last Show: Kapil Sharma and Team on Their New Innings on TV
With stardom comes responsibility- something that comedian Kapil Sharma swears by. As he gears up for the all new ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, CNN News18’s Rajeev Masand caught up with him along with Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar and Kiku Sharda for a conversation on why people in India take jokes so seriously, the new show and the team’s wish list of people whom they would want to host on the show.
The team, in their exuberant self, discussed that how the new show simply aims to entertain. “We have a great team back stage as well as on stage. And our purpose is to have fun and entertain people,” said Sharma while Sharda added, “We are not trying to outdo our last show. The aim has always been to have fun.”
Sharma did point out that Indians need to lighten up in life. “We were doing a show in Canada recently where the country’s defence minister was part of the audience. We had a lot of fun at his expense and he was sporting enough to laugh along. But here in India people take everything too seriously.”
Kiku Sharda was arrested few months back for mimicking Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and ‘hurting’ sentiments of his followers. Did the incident make the rest of the cast angry? “More than angry, we were sad. Our aim is never to hurt people in any which way.”
The team also mentioned that over the years, they have become more conscious about what they say. “We started doing the show because we all had similar sense of humour and people liked our jokes. While we gained popularity, people started taking our jokes seriously too. I would like to request people to take us lightly even now, “said Sharma and added, “I watch my earlier episodes and realise that the jokes were far more audacious. I am now more cautious about the things that I say on stage and careful that I don’t offend anyone.”
The team, who have had celebrities from films and sports appearing on their show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ wish to host Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar on their show once. “When Modiji comes on our show, we assure that he will forget his worries and have good time,” said Grover. “I recently saw an episode of Ellen Degeneres Show where Obama had come on Valentine’s Day. Why can’t our PM then come on our show? There is so much of his life that he can share on the show and inspire the youth.”
The comedians, though, don’t take their stardom for granted. “We are blessed to be in a profession where we get to laugh and make people laugh. Yes, there are days we don’t feel funny but we have a responsibility, lot of people like our show so we need to do our job right. In return we get good wishes,” said Sharda.