Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Newsmakers 2013: Kapil Sharma

Till 2012, Kapil Sharma was just a stand-up comedian who made Comedy Circus judges, Archana Puran Singh and Sohail Khan, laugh the loudest. It was only when he parted ways with the makers of the TV show, Optimystix, to establish his own production house, K9, that Sharma's true potential was recognised. It is clearly evident on Comedy Nights with Kapil, his show on Colors which features comic skits, celebrity interviews and audience participation.

Kapil Sharma
Stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma
In recent times, few have regaled audiences as much as the comedian from Amritsar, so much so that many in the audience volunteer to be the target of his jokes. He has had many a celebrity, including Shah Rukh Khan who came on his show twice to promote Chennai Express, in splits as well. Sharma, 32, has given the jaded tv viewers, long fed on mawkish soap operas, something to smile about. He does so by delivering punchlines in Hindi, Punjabi and even poor English. His humour is sardonic but never derogatory, always clean, and appeals to a wide base, from rickshaw puller to Lata Mangeshkar.

But stardom has come with controversy. Sharma faced charges of tax fraud, and the departure of Sunil Grover, who played the beloved Gutthi, from the show has kept gossip writers busy. Sharma is, however, not deterred. Comedy Nights with Kapil is TV's highest-rated non-fiction show, beating Bigg Boss and Kaun Banega Crorepati in TRP's. These days, no film's TV promotion is complete without its stars sharing the stage with Kapil. He has cracked the code on how to tickle the funny bone. He is here to stay.

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