There were 20 lakh fan mes­sages on my page, says Kapil

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Even his diehard fans might have been los­ing heart, but co­me­dian-ac­tor Kapil Sharma is a fighter who doesn’t give up eas­ily. Af­ter a break from all pub­lic ap­pear­ances and tele­vi­sion shows, he’s back with his first Pun­jabi pro­duc­tion, an emo­tional story about a fa­ther and son.

Once the un­crowned king of In­dian com­edy, Kapil was out of sight for close to a year, but def­i­nitely not out of mind. He re­veals, “Ob­vi­ously, pyaar milta hai toh achha lagta hai. Yahi pyaar en­ergy deta hai. There are so many ups and downs one faces in life. What cures one in this low phase is the love you get from peo­ple. There’s no bet­ter medicine.”

Now that he has an­nounced his new show, what are the re­ac­tions he’s get­ting? “I was away from so­cial net­work­ing web­sites for a long time, but when I started brows­ing re­cently, I saw many peo­ple had left mes­sages. Aap be­lieve nahi karenge, main apna page dikhaun? More than 20 lakh un­read mes­sages are there on my fan page! It isn’t prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble to re­ply to each mes­sage. But I try ki jitna ho sake main pad­hoon,” smiles a clearly happy Kapil. He’s ex­cited talk­ing about the fan love. “I just came to the venue, one lady was say­ing ‘My mom is so old. She was ask­ing me ‘Kapil kab aa raha hai? Theek hai na voh?’ Log itna pyaar karte hain. I went to the Golden Tem­ple [in Am­rit­sar] re­cently to seek bless­ings, and one aged man held my hand and said, ‘Oye! Ka­haan tha tu? Kid­har ghum raha hai? Ka­haan reh gaya tha?’ Peo­ple show so much af­fec­tion, I feel I’m one among them,” he adds.

There are also re­ports that Kapil is set to marry Ginni Cha­trath this De­cem­ber this. Is it true? “Ghuggi paaji (the lead in Kapil’s Pun­jabi film) aur meri mummy chaah rahe hain ki main shaadi ka­roon, but my fo­cus is on my film. My fam­ily is do­ing the prepa­ra­tions, but I didn’t have the time to give to the wed­ding (at that time), par ho raha hai ji, bas,” says Kapil.

An­other pos­i­tive is that now that he’s plan­ning to come back, every­one, in­clud­ing fel­low comic Su­nil Grover (with whom he had a fall­out) is be­ing sup­port­ive. “Every­one is my friend,” says Kapil, “kyunki aisa kabhi nahi hua ki kabhi bhi kisi ko hurt kiya ho. Every­one loves me, and we’ve been to­gether for many years. We are all com­ing to­gether.”

PHOTO: GOKUL VS/HT

Co­me­dian­ac­tor Kapil Sharma pro­motes his Pun­jabi film in Delhi

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