Actor Archana Puran Singh has finally broken her silence on the rumours of her replacing politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on The Kapil Sharma Show. In an interview with a news agency, she has revealed that the channel had asked her to be on the show for two episodes before Pulwama attack happened and she shot for both the episodes. Archana further said that she is not on the show to be a permanent part of the team and doesn’t even consider this as an ‘opportunity’ in the light of the unfortunate terror attack.
When asked whether she has replaced Sidhu, Archana, who has earlier judged popular comedy shows, was quoted by IANS saying, “No, I haven’t replaced him. I have not received any official information from Sony Entertainment Television or anyone to be a permanent part of the show. I shot two episodes for ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ before the Pulwama attack. He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) was busy somewhere due to which the channel approached me for shooting two episodes, and I did it.”
She added, “The context of the whole issue is so serious that for me to consider it as an opportunity would be wrong. I can only consider this request to join the show only once it is made to me. I can’t pre-empt the request.”
Navjot Singh Sidhu and Kapil Sharma (Photo Courtesy: Instagramfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Sidhu was sacked from the comedy show following his remarks on the Pulwama attack that happened on Thursday, February 14. He said that “nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists” and that the dialogue with Islamabad should continue. This stance of the former Indian cricketer was widely criticised for being ‘insensitive’ and ‘anti-national’.
As reported by the agency, a source in the know of developments of the show said there were other reasons for Sidhu’s ouster as well, but his comments over Pulwama were “surely one of them”.
As many as 49 CRPF troopers lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack in which their convoy was attacked. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for it.