By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Sunil Grover chats up with Subhash K Jha on his return to Comedy Nights With Kapil
You are back on Comedy Nights With Kapil?
Yes, we recorded my re-entry, if we can call it that, on Wednesday night. I had eaten the auspicious dahi-chini (curd and sugar) before leaving for the shooting.It was like coming home. But of course I was nervous.
How did the audience react ?
The audience broke into spontaneous applause. I felt very very welcome..
How did Kapil welcome you?
We have been in touch all through the period when I was away from Comedy Nights With Kapil. He welcomed me very warmly. Rather, I welcomed him , since I reached the set before he did. He came 15 minutes me. When he saw him I said, ‘Welcome to Comedy Nights With Kapil.’ We sat together laughing, sharing jokes, chatting in-between shots.
This sounds like being too good to be true?
In fact, it felt as though I had never left the show. The period in-between simply evaporated. I met Kapil like two friends who pick up the threads of their relationship after some time.He was very warm (gets emotional).Kapil is a sensible decent man. We share a terrific chemistry. The minute we see one another we smile at one another.
Why do you feel your re-entry may not be called a re-entry?
Because I never felt I had gone away. The Comedy Nights team has been and always will be a part of me. I may have gone away for a while. But I was never far away.
What would your re-entry be like?
I’m playing Kapil’s father-in-law, to begin with. We’ll see how the audience reacts to that character and then take it up from there. If you’re hinting at a formal re-introduction I don’t think that’s needed.How they bring me back into the show is the channel Colors’ call.
How do you feel about the show Mad In India that you did while you were away from Kapil’s show?
When I did that other show I didn’t do it with the intention to be one-up on Comedy Nights With Kapil. I got the offer after I left Comedy Nights With Kapil. I keep saying, Comedy Nights was not and is not a Gutthi Show or a Sunil Grover Show. I am part of an ensemble cast. The show existed before me. It will go on after me.
Why do you think Mad In India failed?
There are many reasons why a show fails. I worked hard on the show. But no point in brooding over the it. It’s time to move on.
How much time will you devote to Comedy Nights?
I am now fully into the show. It will take up a lot of my time. And if Gutthi comes back it will be even more time-consuming. She is a very demanding girl.I tell you!