Most of us discovered Kapil Sharma when he first made an appearance in comedy talent show The Great India Laughter Challenge in 2007. He not only won the show but also a lot of accolades and hearts. Ten years later, the comedian-actor remains one of the most loved small screen stars. Slowly and steadily, he is also making inroads into Bollywood and has his second film, Firangi, all set to hit screens on November 24, 2017.
India.com met the comedy king to chat about his film and more and just like his onscreen persona, Kapil regaled us with his charm and sense of humour. He also took us back in time, way before 2007, when he used to entertain live audience in theatres. Kapil related a play that he starred in and had to play a rather interesting character. “It was a play based on Mahabharata and I was playing Arjun. There was a crucial part where the warrior is cursed by an apsara Urvashi to live like a woman for one year,” Kapil shared piquing our interest.
“I had to act like Arjun and then turn into this other avatar which is of a man in a woman’s body. To get it perfect, I used to practice walking and talking like a woman and get the mannerisms right while wearing the attire (ghagra-choli). By the end of it, without even realising, I sometimes used to walk and talk in a certain way for people around me to mistake me as gay. I also had a few men try to get over-friendly. But then I spoke to them and cleared the doubts,” revealed Kapil, further saying that while people only know him for his comedy skills, he has performed other genres as well and with as much perfection and dedication.
His film Firangi, Kapil told us, is a dramedy and will help audience see beyond the comedian Kapil Sharma. The film also stars Nitika Bhatt (of Drishyam fame) as his love interest and is a romantic drama set in 1920s pre-Independence era.