With Sunil Grover, the mainstay of Kapil Sharma’s comedy show unlikely to return to the set post an ugly fallout, a question mark hangs over the weekly production’s fate. The show is up for renewal next month with insiders saying it’d be a Rs 106-crore deal. But as co-acts Sunil, Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar keep away, Kapil has introduced other stand-up artistes. The channel, however, isn’t too happy about it and is apparently considering pulling the plug on its top-rated programme.
A source says, “Kapil has had to cancel shoots as he couldn’t get big celebs as guests. He has, in fact, left for Bikaner to shoot for his film, Phirangi, and will return to Mumbai on March 29.”
Sources said Sunil gets around Rs 7 lakh per episode while Kapil gets about Rs 1 crore an episode.
While the focus is on Sunil, arguably the most loved act, the artiste hurting the most is Chandan, whom Kapil insulted on a flight. Chandan wants to work, but isn’t comfortable going back to the show, says an insider, adding, “Pata nahin kapil ko kiski haaye lagi hai; October se show ki TRPs girti ja rahi hai (Don’t know who has cursed Kapil; TRPs of his show have been dipping since last October)”.
Meanwhile, Kapil has started following Sunil on Twitter. But a source close to the latter says, “Sunil won’t return to the show even if given a big pay hike. He has several other offers. He just wants this phase to get over.”