Yes, Kapil’s drinking problem is back. He tried to kick it off. God knows, he tried. But Kapil is drinking again. And he’s honest enough to admit it. “Yes , I am drinking again. Kya karun? Bardaasht nahin hota,” he said to me when we spoke a few days back when Kapil spoke at some length of the betrayals he has suffered since he shot to fame.
It is a sordid saga of backstabbing and treachery. But not a unusual one in our entertainment industry where opportunists get a free run. And no harm in that. Everyone is here for big bucks and if in the process, some feelings and egos are trampled, then it’s all part of the game. Deal with it. Except, Kapil who can’t.
We won’t mention the names of Kapil’s colleagues on Comedy Nights who turned his life into a nightmare. They know themselves. And they know the drama that they are carrying in the press to make themselves look like injured martyrs while Kapil is painted as the arrogant self-destructive entertainer who has allowed his talent to be smothered by his insecurities.
This reputation is ill-earned. The tales of his drinking and ill health, though not untrue, are highly exaggerated and planted in the media by some of his detractors who wanted to become bigger than Kapil Sharma.
Kapil’s biggest problem, and the few friends who genuinely care for him will corroborate this, is a former colleague—lets’ call her Madame X—who found fame by manoeuvring Kapil’s show from behind the scenes. Madame X enjoyed the heady aroma of power that the Kapil Sharma Show gave her. She decided to take over Kapil’s life as we all his career. The two become lovers thereby almost destroying Kapil’s relationship with his steady girlfriend.
A close friend of Kapil reveals, “The love of Kapil’s life is Ginny. She has known him from before he became a star and loved him unconditionally. She continued to be devoted to him although he chose to begin a long and self-destructive relationship with this highly manipulative woman whom you call Madame X. She isolated him from everybody in his Comedy Nights team and wouldn’t him let him meet fans or producers. Young children were told not to disturb Kapil as he was not well. Soon the canard of Kapil’s eccentricities and failing health spread across the entertainment industry. Madame X did her best to create a rift between everyone in the entertainment industry and Kapil. Kapil almost lost Ginny in this phase. But she held on. Madame X is responsible for Kapil’s rift with Sunil Grover. I will tell you one incident. When Shah Rukh Khan came on the Kapil Sharma Show to promote a film, Grover had prepared a long monologue in SRK’s honour. Grover was not allowed to shoot this monologue. It was only later that Kapil came to know about this. He had no idea about Grover’s deleted monologue for SRK. Madame X continued to create havoc with Kapil’s relations with all his colleagues and fans. When it became too much, Kapil finally sacked Madame X and her close associate who worked with her to isolate Kapil from his team. But look at Kapil’s naiveté. When Madame X came back to him jobless, he took her back and put her prominently on the map for the resurrected avatar of Comedy Night on Sony. Again she created havoc. Now she is finally out of his life , this time hopefully for good.”
The best thing that has happened to Kapil Sharma during the past few months is his show Family Time With Kapil Sharma.
“His girlfriend Ginny and his new show are the doors to Kapil’s resurrection. He must marry one and make the other a success at any cost,” says Kapil’s buddy.
Says Kapil, “I realize God has given me a second chance. I don’t want to mess it up. I just need to stop being so emotional about betrayals. Sabke saath hota hai. Main thoda zyada seriously leta hoon.”