Kapil Sharma demands 50 percent hike from Sony; Sunil Grover being wooed to return?
It was earlier reported that Kapil Sharma has been given a month-long grace period by Sony Entertainment Television to pull up his socks lest The Kapil Sharma Show be taken off air. The reason behind the same is the decreasing TRPs of the show owing to the public fight between Sharma and fellow comedian and colleague Sunil Grover.
Now, Hindustan Times reports that the channel has asked Sharma to convince Grover to return to his show. Grover has reportedly quit the show though he appeared in the season finale of Indian Idol 9, another show that airs on Sony.
The channel has also offered Grover a 'no interaction with Kapil Sharma clause' which means that in the event of his return to The Kapil Sharma Show, his interaction with Sharma will be minimum or nil.
It implies that Sharma and Grover will not appear on the stage together. However, since Sharma is also the producer of the show, the possibility of negligible interaction with Grover has bleak chances.
Grover also hinted that he has been offered a good hike by either Sharma or the channel but is unwilling to fall prey to that, as can be decoded from his cryptic tweet:
My intentions are to act and to entertain with dignity. For me, money can't be the only reason to do something, or not to do something. 🙏
— Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) April 5, 2017
While there were reports of Sharma coming on time for the shooting of his show among other precautionary measures to ensure a renewal of contract with the channel, India Today now reports that the comedian has demanded a 50 percent hike in his pay. Given the fact that the TRPs of his show are at an all time low, his demand of a heft hike comes across as rather high-handed.
News 18 reports that television actor Karan Patel had some sound advice to offer to Sharma. He reportedly asked Sharma to keep his "head on his shoulders and feet firm on the ground". Now, veteran comedian Sunil Grover, who was one of the eleventh hour substitutes for Grover in The Kapil Sharma Show, has posted a video on Facebook, requesting Grover to return to the show, on behalf of all comedians who look up to the collaboration of Sharma and Grover.