Kapil Sharma denies alleged row with Sunil Grover: 'I wanted him to launch Firangi trailer'
Kapil Sharma opened up about his alleged row with Sunil Grover. He also talked about Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan being miffed with him
Comedian Kapil Sharma was present at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Firangi on 24 October and cleared the air about rumours over Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor being angry with him over cancelled shows. Sharma also said he had wanted former colleague Sunil Grover to launch the trailer of Firangi.
"I wanted him (Sunil Grover) to launch 'Firangi's trailer. I even asked him to do it but he is in Canada currently. I guess he is performing a show there. So that couldn't be possible but if he was here he would have definitely been here," said Sharma when asked if he would like to patch up with Sunil Grover
"I love him. I like to work with the best of people. When I was doing Comedy Circus, I used to tell people, 'I met this guy Sunil Grover in Hans Baliye. 'Let's get him, I saw his show, I liked him'. When you work with the best, you learn a lot. Sunil and I, we have known each other for nine years now, and we have been working together for five years. I don't have any problem with Sunil, but had I been in his place, I would have definitely asked one time that 'I haven't seen you like this in five years, why are you behaving like this?' Maybe nothing would have happened. But still nothing has happened, I love him," Sharma stressed.
Sharma spoke about the alleged fight with Grover at the trailer launch of Firangi. He also opened up about the incident in which during a flight from Australia to Mumbai, Sharma had reportedly physically assaulted Grover.
Clarifying his stance, Sharma said: "When you move with such a huge team, you have to manage a lot of things and I am really bad at it, I will say that much. Touchwood, we have been working together for many years and I would like to repeat it one more time, I didn't actually fight with Sunil Grover at all. It didn't happen."
Narrating exactly what happened during the flight, Sharma said the fight happened with comedian Chandan Prabhakar, and not with Sunil.
He said: "When we reached Australia, since the first day, my mood was really bad. I was juggling so many things, I was shooting the show and for other things. During that time, my film's artiste died. I was so nervous and turned so negative. I wanted to cancel the Australia show but couldn't and before the show, a girl came to me complaining about a guy who happens to be my childhood friend, Chandan. I scolded him. I had to perform for one and a half hours and that girl and boy artiste had 10-minute stints. My whole thing was, 'You are bothering me with this when I have such a long performance ahead'. I am a little impulsive. Chandan went missing for five days. I wanted to meet him and apologize because I didn't listen to his side of the story. I saw him one hour before the Australia flight and I lost it again and I used cuss words again".
The actor also opened up about his depression and said he feels happy now that he had a chance to talk about it openly. "After reading what all media was publishing about me, I got even more depressed. It's upsetting that negative news is valued more on any platform. But because of it I even started to suffer from anxiety attacks. I miss my team, I can't detach myself easily from people and things on my mind. Things like these were the reasons why I could not perform and had to cancel a few shows (sic)," Sharma revealed.
Refuting rumours about Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor being angry with him as he cancelled the shows which were supposed to feature them, Kapil said, "People wrote stories like, I've sent Shah Rukh Khan away from my sets. The thing is I reached the set at 2 pm and SRK was supposed to come at 7 pm
"He was shooting nearby and somewhere at 8 pm, I suddenly felt that I cannot shoot, I won't be able to go on set, I cancelled the shoot and then I cancelled the second shoot, third and fourth. Some people understood my problem, but some spread rumours," Sharma told the media.
Explaining the Anil Kapoor episode, Kapil said, "When Anil Kapoor sir came to the sets, he saw that I cannot host the show and he was okay with it. He assured me that he will come next time. Shah Rukh Khan came to meet me, he advised me 'Take rest and set your mind', and I took his advice and took a break. I even talked to Anil Kapoor as I was feeling guilty about cancelling the shoot," said Sharma, explaining his side of the story.
Kapil's upcoming film Firangi is set during the British era. The trailer reveals that the audience will be witnessing the quirkiest fight against the British that has ever been seen.
Talking about the film, Sharma said, "Films about the pre-Independence era have always shown the darker side of that time, but people still lived their lives and had happy moments. This film talks about those moments. People will love to see the slice of life feel in that era, they will be able to see how people lived in harmony and had some small fights too. Manga, my character, does not feel that the Brits were bad."
The film, directed by Rajiev Dhingra, is produced by Kapil Sharma and also stars Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Aanjjan Srivastav, Maryam Zakaria and Raju Srivastav (special appearance).
Firangi is scheduled for release on 24 November.
(With inputs from IANS)
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