MUMBAI—“The Kapil Sharma Show,” known to be one of a kind on Sony Entertainment Television, recently completed a low-key 100 episodes with female cricketers. After landing up in troubled waters and with a drop in viewership ratings following the recent controversies and the exit of three team players – Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar, and Chandan Prabhakar – the show retains only Kiku Sharda and Sumona Chaterjee among the loyalists.
These three artistes, along with Indian women cricket team members Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy and Jhulan Goswami celebrated the occasion on the set and a special cake was cut by the entire team followed by music and dance. Yes, there is some promotion of the 100th episode on this channel, but sobriety looms tall.
Meanwhile, the channel is trying its best to keep “the other side” happy too. Grover, in his trademark avatar on the show as Dr. Mashoor Gulati and Ali Asgar as nurse Laila, put in a performance on “Sabse Bada Kalakar,” Sony’s new offering, and kept audiences reportedly in splits. Their special visit on the kids’ reality show was not just a highlight but also gave credence to the buzz that Sony is either trying its best to have the warring factions come together or, alternatively, give something else of his own to Grover and, possibly, Asgar with him.
Is all this rigmarole and confusion boring? Maybe, but let’s wait to see what happens.