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Gutthi to Dadi: Why every character from 'CNWK' will be remembered for years to come

While phrases like 'babaji ka thullu, ittu sa tha' and 'thoko taali' found their niche in every daily conversation effortlessly, it was the different characters in the show that contributed not only with utmost dedication but at times, unbelievable perfection too. From Guthi to the posterized Bakri; the show wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Kriti Tulsiani | IBNLive.com@sleepingpsyche2

Updated:January 17, 2016, 5:48 PM IST

There aren't many TV shows that make you glued to your screen like ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ did. It might not be too wrong to say that Indian television industry will not be the same after ‘CNWK’ stops airing. While the recent buzz says that the humorous jokes, digs on the show became repetitive, became too anti-feminist, became too objectifying; but you just can’t deny the fact that it made you laugh. Sometimes, made you laugh with a sour throat, teary eyes and a paining stomach. This show has seen the biggest Bollywood stars from Salman Khan to Sania Mirza; rolling on the floor laughing.

As the show rings in its last episode, it makes us wonder what it really was that made the show unforgettable. Was it only Kapil that left an indelible mark on the audience? Was it only his efforts and hard-work that raised him to such glory? Nah.


While phrases like ‘babaji ka thullu’, ‘ittu sa tha’ and ‘thoko taali’ found their niche in every daily conversation effortlessly, it was the different characters in the show that contributed not only with utmost dedication but at times, unbelievable perfection too. From Guthi to the posterized Bakri; the show wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Let's take a ride back and relish each of the members.

Kapil Sharma as ‘Bitto Sharma’


You just cannot ignore his effortless knack of making you laugh. Try hard, you’ll still fail. The man who has established himself as a stand-up comedian, anchor, actor truly defines entertainment in its right term. Was it his naughty smile, his witty remarks, his modesty to speak incorrect English with such swag or just to flawlessly pop up the same question ‘Aapne kabhi socha tha aap CNWK aaoge?’ everytime: Kapil Sharma has indeed made an ever-lasting impact on the audience. Sunday evenings will never be the same without Sharma ji.

Sunil Grover as ‘Gutthi’ or ‘Khairatilal’ or Kapil’s father-in-law (sometimes mother-in-law too)


Just as ‘CNWK’, Gutthi will go on to live forever. With mismatched chunni-patialas, totally out-of-the-box sneakers and a hideous piggy tail, Sunil Grover has brought a beautiful life to an unbelievable comic character. While he garnered huge success through his stints in the show, it is the witty one-liners, hilarious get-ups and some quirky rhymes that will make us laugh forever. From the signature introduction to the ‘Aap aaye hai iss bagiya mein..’; Gutthi will continue to rule the comedy world for years to come.

Kiku Sharda as ‘Palak’, ‘Lachha’, ‘Pankhudi’


Guthi-Palak, Palak-Guthi; what would we do without both of them taking digs at each other or without Palak’s ‘Sharma ji, talk to my hand’ gesture. Kiku Sharda has swayed away the audience time and again with his brilliant dance moves, apart from his brilliant comic timing and an inevitable flirtatious look from Lachha.

Chandan Prabhakar as ‘Raju’


What a perfectionist this man turned out to be! With quick come-backs, chuckle-some replies and a fine role-play; Raju is indeed an indispensable part of the show. While he sure knows how to make the audience laugh, he also knows to how to control his even in the funniest of the moments.

Ali Asgar as ‘Dadi’


How can you miss the legendary Dadi that has given us super-funny one-liners for every occasion. ‘Ittu sa tha’ has been ingrained so deep in viewers' consciousness that it is hard to move over the unconventional alcoholic grandmother this show offered us. And not just hilarious japes, Ali Asgar’s ‘Dadi ki Pappi’ will be definitely be haunting some of us for the rest of our lives.

Sumona Chakravarti as ‘Manju Sharma’


Imagine speaking the same word ‘Sharmaa jii’ in different emotional tones; happy, sad, angry, flirtatious and so much more. Kudos to Sumona’s spirit and sportiness for the entire show. While Kapil Sharma took digs at his on-screen wife’s bade-honth, Manju made us smile every time she came on-the-screen with their little husband-wife gaps.

Upasana Singh as 'Pinky Sharma'


Not many of us will be able to forget the '22 year old hot, sexy, glamorous bua’ so easily. Bua, who was always in search of her groom and made sure to try her hands on every celebrity guest that made it to the show is definitely a rare sight.

This family would be incomplete without mentioning Sidhu Paaji’s indispensible ‘thoko taali’, sher-o-shayari and his infectious laughter.


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