Mumbai: He used to lord over India’s comedy market till just over a few years ago. Raju Shrivastav was the undisputed king of India’s comedy world till the appearance of Kapil Sharma on the scene. To be fair, they used to look like guru and chela till the chela or the disciple pipped the guru to the post and became a television sensation.
The difference between the two might be of talent, but there is another massive difference. While Kapil Sharma has been able to market himself in better way, Raju Srivastava seems from old generation where an actor was only an actor and didn’t have much control over the shows. Kapil on the contrary, was able to take control of his own shows and market him in such a way that he became the darling of India’s booming Bollywood film industry.
The 53-year old Srivastava comes from old school, while Kapil Sharma seems to be a new avatar who, despite not attending IIMs, knows the best ways to market himself in an industry where survival is the most difficult. Within a short period of time he was able to challenge the top paid actress from Hollywood on the silver screen and there was a mad rush from top actors including Shah Rukh Khan to market their movies on his show.
His star attracting capabilities, to be fair, sent the popularity of his show Comedy Night with Kapil Sharma and the new show Kapil Sharma Show to an altogether new high.
Now the chela and the guru have come together and Rajiv Srivastava has officially become a part of The Kapil Sharma Show. Shrivastava told was quoted by the NDTV as saying “Yes, I have started shooting for this show. The channel and the team are happy with the episodes I have shot for them and have called me for more episodes”.
The 53-year old actor went on to add, “I don’t know how the channel is going to represent my character or my acts to the audience. But this is true that I’m shooting for the show and will feature in the show as a ‘new entry’”.
There are rumors doing the rounds that Shrivastava may be joining The Kapil Sharma Show as the permanent replacement for Sunil Grover who reportedly had a fight with Kapil as they were flying back with their team to Delhi from Australia after a show. Kapil got drunk, belittled Sunil and also physically assaulted him. Kapil later apologised to him on Twitter. Nonetheless, despite all out efforts, Sunil doesn’t seem to be in a forgiving mood.
This may be because of the fact that Kapil had reportedly beaten him with his shown on a flight, in the full public glare. He offered apology only when it became banner headline in leading newspapers across the country.
Nonetheless, it will be surprising to see the mediator joining the party without resolving the differences.