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Was the timing just perfect to wrap up 'Comedy Nights With Kapil'?

Let’s find out why audience thought that CNWK going off air is good news for now.

Priyanka Srivastava |

Updated:January 26, 2016, 3:32 PM IST
Was the timing just perfect to wrap up 'Comedy Nights With Kapil'?
Let’s find out why audience thought that CNWK going off air is good news for now.

Kapil Sharma emerged as the biggest entertainer of the country displaying his spontaneity and quick on the show 'Comedy Nights With Kapil' (CNWK) as it was first aired in 2013. The stand-up comedian born with an intrinsic sense of humour, had made a mark showing his comic timings in shows such as 'Comedy Circus' and 'Great Indian Laughter challenge', but 'CNWK' had emerged as a break from number of mundane comedy shows running on TV.

Kapil tried to give a desi spin to the popular British comedy show The Kumars at No. 42. Starring legendary Brit-Indian actors Sanjeev Bhaskar as the eldest son Sanjeev Kumar and Meera Syal playing Ummi-the characters on which the lead Bittu Sharma and his dadi were loosely based.

Starting on a refreshing note, the format of the show was meant to highlight the lighter side of the film and sports celebrities. Kapil’s job was to tickle the funny bone of the stiff lipped celebrities so as to connect with the common people.

In the last three years of the success of the show, it has seen unprecedented popularity with fans from all over the world vying to get an entry inside. It emerged as the biggest platform for the stars to promote their upcoming movies. Not to forget, the show’s popularity catapulted Kapil as he made a debut as Bollywood lead in Abbas Mastan’s comedy movie Kis Kisko Pyar Karu.

The rumours of the show going off air were doing rounds ever since he started shooting for the movie, now finally the show has been pulled off. The repetitive jokes, situation and the characters had become painful for the audience. Moreover the other show Comedy Nights Bachao featuring Krushna and Bharti Singh among others was getting more popular.

Let’s find out why audience thought that CNWK going off air is good news for now.

Promotional platform: The only agenda of CNWK was to promote a movie and thus the presence of stars was nothing but halting at a mandatory station to talk about their upcoming movie. Barring Aamir Khan, who is exceptionally different anyway, almost all the big and small stars of B-town visited the sets of CNWK. So much so that the arty gang consisting Kalki Koechlin and Revathy too had make an appearance to promote their movie Margarita With A Straw.

Why only bollywood and Cricket stars?: Since cricket and movies are considered to be a religion in India, the icons from both the field are clearly a huge draw. The initial idea was to get politicians to see their funny side, but, the makers conveniently stuck to actors, singers, filmmakers and sometimes brought on the sets a few sportspersons.


Hackneyed situations and characters: Ummi played by Meera Syal was famous for the forced sexual advances in The Kumar’s at No. 42, while Dadi forcefully planted a kiss on the celebrities. Bittu Sharma making fun of his wife and bua was unnecessarily repeated. Even Gutthi and Palak could not do much to save the show.

Lack of innovative ideas: Evoking laughter is the most difficult job and the makers of CNWK learnt it the hard way. Lack of clever script, enthusiasm and perfect comic timing can prove to be disastrous recipe for comedy show. Bittu’s jokes and Navjot Singh Siddhu’s shayari eventually got as boring as watching the grass grow.


Need of reinvention: Loyal fans of CNWK are hopeful that new season of the show will soon hit the screen. We can only hope that if at all it comes back, it should have different set, new plot, different guests and increased audience interaction.

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