Don’t Write Kapil Sharma Off Yet

All of us who wished to see Kapil Sharma snap back into shape have our fingers crossed. Close friends say, the comic virtuoso who brought so much happiness into our lives with his stand-up act on television, is in no mood to return to television immediately.

“He doesn’t seem to know what he wants. He does seem to know what he doesn’t want. For example, he didn’t want to come back to India for his long holiday in Europe. He was happy being on his own, walking sleeping, eating, thinking. He is just not up to the life of a TV entertainer as yet. He feels all his troubles and anxieties have come upon him after his success as an entertainer. He wants to return to his life on camera which he now feels is a lie but a part of his life,” says a source. In fact, Kapil had confessed to me, “Sach bolun? Main that Gaya hoon is bhaag-Daud se. Main yeh sab ab Karna hi Nahin Chahta (shall I tell you the truth? I am tired of all this running around. I don’t want to do all this any more.

At that time, Kapil’s close friends and his girlfriend Ginny had dismissed his anguished outcry as an over-reaction. Now it seems Kapil is gearing up for new innings in showbiz. He gave up the spiralling TRPs of The Kapil Sharma Show, took a break then returned with Family Time With Kapil. When that wasn’t working out Kapil voluntarily closed down the show. Contrary to popular belief, the channel didn’t ask Kapil to leave. He did so on his own. Kapil had said to me, “What is the point of doing something I don’t enjoy? If I don’t enjoy it how can I expect the audience to have a good time Now I realize how ominous Kapil’s words were. The truth is, Kapil was tired of that phase of his life.

But he is ready to return. All the people who conspired to tarnish his image a disgruntled girlfriend, a comedian colleague who found his fame on Kapil’s show and then defamed his mentor by blowing up a fight out of all proportions — should stop feeling happy. The coast isn’t clear for the rivals.

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