‘I want to do a com­edy film with Govinda’

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We share a good equa­tion. We also im­pro­vise a lot on stage, and make fun of our­selves — khud ki taang kheench lete hain. For in­stance, in the first episode we played on our al­leged ri­valry by say­ing ‘Main paise ke liye aaya (on Kapil’s show), iz­zat toh jaati jaati re­hti hai’. In a re­cent episode, I said, ‘Maine tere liye apna poora char­ac­ter badla’. The best thing about Kapil is that when I come on stage, he stands up and gives me the chair to sit. He gives so much re­spect and space, I didn’t know this about him. was very dif­fer­ent — loud, and over-the-top. But abhi thehraav ke saath karta hoon. The credit goes to Bharat Kukreti (con­tent di­rec­tor), Kapil and writer Vankush. Dur­ing the re­hearsals and on stage, Kapil tells me to do sub­dued com­edy. Kisi aur ke ter­ri­tory mein jaake apna style change karna is ex­tremely chal­leng­ing. For me, the most im­por­tant thing was ac­cep­tance from the au­di­ence and I am happy they are ap­pre­ci­at­ing it.

When I started out with Com­edy Cir­cus, I was an ac­tor, not a stand-up co­me­dian. My part­ner Sudeshji (Lehri) used to teach me. Kapil and I were com­peti­tors on that show, but I would learn look­ing at him. They are the real stand-ups. Kapil has grown a lot, when I watch him ‘live’, he is fan­tas­tic. He is so good at do­ing things im­promptu, in­ter­act­ing with the au­di­ence, in­ter­view­ing the celebri­ties, woh uski power hai. So many times Kapil and I burst out laugh­ing on the stage, es­pe­cially when we play KBC where he plays this char­ac­ter Ra­jesh Arora. He is a won­der­ful guy. When Ro­hit Shetty came on the show, he said, there is no­body bet­ter than Krushna and Kapil in com­edy and that was the big­gest com­pli­ment. com­edy karne aaya hi nahin tha. I am en­joy­ing my space.

I en­joyed the episode when Ajay Devgn had come to pro­mote To­tal Dhamaal. We re­ally did dhamaal and while go­ing, Ajay told me he wants to cast me in his next!

I am host­ing one of my favourite shows OMG! Yeh Mera In­dia. I have just done the fifth sea­son. Then there is a web series, a hor­ror com­edy that I am do­ing with Tusshar and Mal­lika Sher­awat. Farhad (Samji), who di­rected me in En­ter­tain­ment (2014), is helm­ing the series and it is great fun.

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