We know the comic virtuoso scripted his own downfall. But who is fuelling and, if sources to be believed, funding it?
There seems to be a consolidated and scarily tangible campaign in a section of the entertainment business to bring Kapil Sharma’s unprecedented stardom to heel.That Kapil himself aided this destruction campaign through his alcoholism does not take away from the alarming suggestion that his career is being sabotaged by people who stand to gain from his loss.
The clamour to bring him down by man ‘pegs’(pun intended) has been gaining momentum from the time Kapil squabbled with some of his colleagues on a flight from Australia to India. The incident was leaked to the press in an exaggerated and distorted form in the media.
Kapil has different version of the truth to offer about what really happened midflight. But he is not interested in providing a defence for his behaviour.
“Ever since then Kapil has been facing a very peculiar and disturbing campaign to bring him down.We all know who are the people behind this. But we can’t point a finger at them because we’ve no way of proving their guilt: they are very clever at covering their tracks,” says a close friend of Kapil’s.
When pressed to name the alleged culprits, the friend names two former colleagues of Kapil’s show.
“They can’t bear to see him happy or healthy or successful. They’ve been constantly calling up media persons with alleged news of Kapil’s misdeeds, a lot of it exaggerated or simply made up. Since Kapil remains largely inaccessible to the media some sections of the press are happy to report the one-sided allegations regarding his conduct.These trouble-makers who have been misinforming the press are the ones rejoicing hard because Kapil’s new film Firangihas not opened well,” says the friend.
When questioned about the negativity in the press about him, Kapil Sharma said, “I don’t know who is responsible,or why. But I do know I haven’t harmed anyone intentionally. The incidents of my supposed misbehavior under the influence of alcohol are very exaggerated and untrue. I have hurt no one except myself with my drinking disorder.”