India’s most famous and loved stand-up comedian, Kapil Sharma, turns 37 today, April 2! He doesn’t need any introduction. He has made his name in the industry and every small towner wants to be successful like him. The king of comedy not only has a huge fan base in India but all around the world. The most popular Indian television personality was born on April 2, 1981, in Amritsar. As he celebrates his birthday, we thought it would be a good idea to know him a little more. Kapil’s journey was no less than a roller coaster ride. Today, we thought of getting some facts about him.
Kapil was born in a middle-class family and is a son of a cop Jeetendra Kumar Punj, who succumbed to cancer in 2004 because his family could not afford expensive medical treatment. For Kapil, his father’s sense of humour was inspiring. After completing his primary education, Sharma went on to study at Hindu College, Amritsar. He was in the tenth standard when he picked up his first job at a telephone booth to support his expenses. He has also performed in jagratas for a living.
Kapil got involved in theatre while in college but couldn’t afford to pay the fees. However, his work was appreciated and so he received recognition from several colleges which wanted him to represent them in youth festivals and offered to sponsor his education. (Also read: Sunil Grover On Kapil Sharma Row: Sometimes You Need Breathing Space To Understand Objectivity In Life)
Once Kapil made up his mind to participate in the ‘Laughter Challenge’, he started looking out for audition opportunities. In Amritsar’s audition, he got rejected. He went for the auditions held in Delhi where he was selected. Having cleared the audition, he participated in the competition and was declared the winner of the ‘Laughter Challenge’ in the year 2007.
Kapil became an overnight star after his successful stint on Comedy Circus where he won six seasons. Then in 2013, he started his own show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ which not only became a huge success but also made Kapil a household name. He won several awards for his impeccable comic timing and hosted big shows such as the Filmfare, Star Screen Awards etc.
Sharma was nominated by PM Modi for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which he humbly accepted. The star comedian was also invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by then President Pranab Mukherjee in September 2015 to acknowledge his contribution to the same.
Later, Comedy Nights With Kapil Sharma went off air but this didn’t become a hurdle in his success story. He, along with the old cast, started a new show, The Kapil Sharma Show (TKSS), and as expected, it was also a big hit. From his rib-ticking jokes to watching him flirt with actresses, viewers made TKSS topped the TRP charts. He also made his Bollywood debut with Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon. The movie performed well at the box office. The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. Kapil was involved in a controversy after his mid-air fight with comedian and co-star Sunil Grover. In fact, while promoting his second film Firangi, Kapil confessed that he also battled depression. (Also read: Kapil Sharma Hints At Missing Friend-Turned-Foe Sunil Grover On New Show)
Now, the comedian-turned-actor is back with a bang in a new show ‘Family Time With Kapil Sharma’, which airs on Sony TV.