Do yourself a favour. Please don’t make the mistake of writing off Kapil Sharma. The entertainer who has brought so much cheer into our lives has nothing to smile about at this point of time.
But then tough times, as all know, don’t last. Tough human beings do.And of course good ones.And hang me for saying this. But I truly believe Kapil is a good human being.Simple,straightforward, he always tells it like it is. The deep connect with the masses is not put-on. Kapil is really one of us.You won’t find him mincing words.
In fact on one occasion he has even gone through a hostile phase with me , when he had spoken rather abruptly(never rudely) to me.It was the first time and I was taken aback.Later one of his team mates informed me that Kapil was in acute pain when he had called. His back was screwed and he was in agony.
No one cares to see the pain that Kapil is going through. They only see the rude obnoxious tweets. If only they would see the provocation behind these unsavoury outbursts of truancy. No, it is not arrogance. It’s just the opposite. Kapil is an extremely vulnerable man who was unequipped to handle the superstardom that hit him, and Indian television , like a meteor. We didn’t see it coming. Neither did Kapil.
Now that it has claimed him, the stupendous success, he doesn’t know how to handle it. I’ve known him since he became THE Kapil Sharma and he has never been anything less than warm affectionate , always sharing his inner-most fears and insecurities with me.
When I spoke to him after the Friday fireworks that eroded his reputation even more, he was not the least apologetic. On the contrary he told me things related to the incident that further exposed the hollowness of this whole sham and shindig that we call showbiz. In a world of makebelieve where there are no real friendships Kapil looks for genuinely unaffected caring people.And when he doesn’t find them he recoils and hits out at those very people who use his superstardom for their own gains.
While it would be unethical of me to reveal the shocking details that emerged from Kapil’s heartfelt outpouring on Friday night I can say this much without breaching his trust: Kapil is very very hurt with the betrayals that he has gone through in the past few years.
“How would you respond if you went through the same things? Wouldn’t you be angry? We all have our way of expressing anger, I do it with gaalis,” Kapil told me.
He also promised to marry the very devoted very intelligent and sorted girlfriend Ginny, the mysterious girlfriend whom no one knows about, and whom Kapil says he is already married to in his mind.Making it official would be just the kind of formality that’s abhorred by the informal unassuming unpretentious boy-man from Amritsar who brought so much laughter into our lives and I am sure will continue to do so in the feature.
Kapil’s is a sordid saga of backstabbing and treachery. But not a unusual one in our entertainment industry where opportunists get a free run.And no harm in that. Everyone is here for big bucks and if in process some feelings and egos are trampled, then it’s all part of the game.Deal with it. Except, Kapilwho can’t.
We won’t mention the names of Kapil’s colleages on Comedy Nights who turned his life into a nightmare. They know themselves. And they know the naatak that they are carrying in the press to make themselves look like injured martyrs while Kapil is painted as the arrogant self-destructive entertainer who has allowed his talent to be smothered by his insecurities.
This reputation,according to me,is ill-earned. The tales of his drinking and ill health , though not untrue, are highly exaggerated and planted in the media by some of his colleagues who wanted to become bigger than Kapil Sharma.
We will see you, Kapil, after the break.