BACK in 2013, when stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma aired his first ever show, Comedy Nights With Kapil, he changed the game for comedy. The audiences were captivated by his wittiness, presence of mind and his aura on the stage as he effortlessly interacted with live audiences. But over the years, several viewers have slammed the host for passing misogynist statements on his female co-actors.
Be it unabashedly flirting with female guests and audiences or insulting his onscreen wife and childhood friends, host Kapil Sharma does everything, as many think, in good humor and the comedy is majorly taken well. But sometimes, the actors take it with a pinch of salt.
In a recent interview, Sumona Chakravarti opened up about the time Kapil cracked a joke on her lips. The actor, who has been associated with the ‘Comedy King’ for years, recalled feeling upset and unhappy about the joke.
Revealing how Kapil cracked the joke to fill up for a line he forgot from the script, Sumona said, “I remember Archana sat with me and said ‘why are you upset?’ I said ‘they’ve made fun of my mouth and my lips and everything, and then I didn’t forget the lines he forgot and he said something off script. I’m not a stand-up comedian; I can’t just come up with funny jokes like that. I mean, if I crack a joke, nobody will understand it.”
While the majority of Bollywood refuses to take a stand against the low lying remarks made by Kapil on his show and often take in good humor, some actors did take a stance against the host in the past years.
When North-East actress Andrea Kevichüsa made an appearance on the show to promote her Bollywood film Anek alongside Ayushmann Khurrana, Kapil said, “I am from Punjab. Mu mein na naam phas raha hain. Can I just call you beautiful?”
Though the audience laughed and clapped, the actress didn’t take it lightly and said, “No, Andrea is appropriate.” But this is just one of the few incidents when the host was left speechless for his misogynist remarks.
There’s a reason why The Kapil Sharma Show is one of the most loved and popular shows in the past decade: it brings good business. The regressive remarks on his show are made despite knowing that it is wrong. The makers and even the actors associated with the show continue to do it because the majority loves it.
The show ranks high on TRP charts, every actor wants to make an appearance on the show as part of their promotional tour to attract more audiences, even actors who left the show after feeling subdued (case in point Kiku Sharda, Krushna Abhishek, Sumona Chakravarti) came back owing to the popularity of the show and the money that it brings.
While the comedy in the show is definitely selling well, creating content that is not sexist, body-shaming and insulting is the least the viewers expect. The show is currently on a break due to the team being on a US tour and will hopefully return with better content for a smarter audience.
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