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'The Kapil Sharma Show' Review: Offers nothing new, but entertaining

Divya Pal | News18.com divyapal2013

First published: April 25, 2016, 6:31 PM IST | Updated: April 26, 2016
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'The Kapil Sharma Show' Review: Offers nothing new, but entertaining
With a new set, recognizable and ready-made audience and same old acts, ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ does almost nothing to stray far from what the team did for their previous show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’.

On paper, it looked as if stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma’s news show was adhering to all the rules on how to play it safe as he made a comeback on the small screen. Aware of the fact that a comedy show can mint money and also get huge TRPs right from its very first episode provided it has something different to offer, Kapil had to come up with a concept that was ‘competent’ and ‘relatable’.

Kapil had to obviously think of a show whose release was nothing short of a major event. This also meant that at a time when there has been a spurt in the number of options - as far as comedy is concerned – Kapil had to be give compelling reasons to draw people to his new show. So did he manage to do all of this? Well, partially.

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With a new set, recognizable and ready-made audience and same old acts, ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ does almost nothing to stray far from what the team did for their previous show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’.

While the previous show had derived references from the popular British comedy ‘Kumars at No. 42’, the new show’s first episode came across as a complete replica of ‘CNWK’ which uses aspects such as extracting humour from ordinary things, stars’ performances and their light-hearted chit-chat with fans – all to ensure complete entertainment to viewers.

Agreed, Kapil has got a new name (Kappu) with new characters playing neighbours in the new setup – that of a neighbourhood. But he is still mocked by them almost unapologetically. Kappu shares almost everything – the look, the demeanor and the attitude – with his previous character Bittu.

But even though there is an undeniable similarity between the two characters, his loyal fans would have enjoyed his act because there is a lot more to his performance than just good humour. His perseverance, special skills, good observation skills, and amazing curiosity for the world around him – every aspect finds presence in his act. Kapil quite evidently enjoyed cracking up his viewers, and did a flawless job at taking humour to a completely different level.

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Cashing in on the previous show’s immense popularity, ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ also features key actors Ali Asgar, Sunil Grover dressing in drag and essaying female characters to leave viewers in split. While Ali now plays a partially blind grandmother, Sunil Grover is impressive as the doctor who does nothing right, Rochelle Rao as his nurse and Sumona Chakravarti as his daughter.

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The most appealing aspect of ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ emerged from the fact that the stars showed no inhibitions in being ‘themselves’ in the presence of live audience.
This was quite evident from the way Shah Rukh Khan performed in a Delhi stadium packed with fans.

In addition to funny jabs at Mamata Banerjee, and Jawahar Lal Nehru University, the star also recalled his good old days spent in the capital. And not even once did he lose focus, or failed to deliver punch lines or sink into a meandering blur. Instead, he presented the audience with multiple “opportunities” to laugh. Actors Tiger Shroff and Shradha Kapoor who appeared on the show to promote their film ‘Baaghi’ too used each moment and each word to build up a laugh.

As long as the makers of 'The Kapil Sharma Show' doesn't permit acts that are in poor taste and use comedy that is completely unexciting, the show will win hearts.

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