“The Kapil Sharma Show” is back on TRPs, but the uncertainty about the future of the show remains. (Kapil Sharma/Twitter photo)

MUMBAI—“The Kapil Sharma Show” saw its TRPs sinking after Sunil Grover said goodbye to the show, after his row with Kapil Sharma. Grover played two extremely famous and loved characters on the show – Dr. Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi. The audience missed those characters, and this was the main cause for the dipping TRPs.

Sharma tried to get veteran comedians like Sunil Pal, Raju Shrivastav, and Ehsaan Qureshi to try and save the sinking TRPs, but this did not work. Last week, the show aired a re-run of an old episode, since Kapil was in the hospital due to low blood pressure and could not shoot.

But now, Sharma is relieved, man. Kiku Sharda, who is Bacha-ji on the show, posted the latest TRP ranking, where the show stands at the fifth position and is the first humor-based show on the list, ahead of other sitcoms. Sharda also took to Twitter to thank fans for giving love to the show.

On the other hand, there is a downer too. Salman Khan shot for a “Tubelight” special with Ali Asgar and Sugandha Mishra. Until now, it was believed that there is no better platform than “The Kapil Sharma Show” to promote any forthcoming release. But Khan, instead of going on the sets of Sharma’s show, will be shooting for a two-hour special episode with the ex-members of Kapil’s team – Ali Asgar, Sugandha Mishra, Sanket Bhosale and Sunil Grover. The special episode will be aired on the Sony Entertainment channel itself. Now whether it will replace Kapil’s show or not, only time will tell.

According to a report in “The Times of India,” Khan has already shot for the promo of the episode. Grover was not part of the promo shoot as he was traveling for one of his live events.

Salman Khan is reportedly very close to Ali Asgar, so when he got to know that he and the rest who exited Sharma’s show are not doing anything for the past three months, he opted for them. The episode will have Khan and the cast of “Tubelight.”

Earlier too, Salman Khan preferred to promote “Sultan” on the rival show at the time, “Comedy Nights Live.” It was only after much persuasion that the actor changed his mind and appeared on Sharma’s show too.

Meanwhile, there is also buzz that the (ex-)team of Sharma will join Krushna Abhishek for a new show, “Comedy Company,” that will replace the existing one on Sony Entertainment Television. Creative director Preeti Simoes, her sister Neeti, Ali Asgar, Sugandha Mishra and Sanket Bhosale have all joined the show, and if all goes well, Sunil Grover will also come on board. It will revolve around a family that intends to pursue theater.

One small question rankles in all this: where is Chandan Prabhakar, who also quit Sharma’s show and was, so to speak, the initial fuel for the fracas? It was Prabhakar who initially had a spat with Sharma in Australia, which was the reason for the row in the plane that made Asgar and Grover quit too.

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