India’s most popular TV comedy series The Kapil Sharma Show is in great trouble. First, the media reported how Kapil Sharma − the host of the show − got into a drunken brawl inside an airplane with his colleagues. The fight inside the plane turned ugly, with Kapil allegedly abusing fellow comedian Sunil Grover aka Dr Mashoor Gulati. Since then, three artistes have refused to work for the show, including Grover. But Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is associated with The Kapil Sharma Show, has showed his solidarity with the host, and said he shall lend his support.
But the hitch is, Sidhu has recently been appointed as a cabinet minister of Punjab, and there have been public speculations that if the cricketer-turned-politician continues to work for the show, he won’t be able to justify his role as a people’s person. However, it turns out that luck is on Kapil’s side, as far Sidhu controversy on Kapil Sharma Show is concerned. Aiming to put a logical end to the debate of Sidhu occupying two jobs, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had asked advocate general Atul Nanda’s take on the issue, and Sidhu has been shown the green flag.
Sidhu, known for his sense of funny logic, has been citing various reasons and examples to justify his “need” to continue working in the TV. His citing of another BJP MP and TV star Kirron Kher has already irked her. Kher, an MP from Punjab has taken a jibe at Sidhu, saying her attendance is better than him. According to the website, www.prsindia.org/mptrack/navjotsinghsidhu, while Sidhu had worked as a BJP MP in the last year, his attendance in the Parliament was 40%, far from satisfactory.
Punjab’s Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums have an uphill task to prove himself as a serious parliamentarian. Going by his previous record, Sidhu has to double his efforts to work in his portfolio. His wife argued that his sole source of income is from working on TV, and that he just needs to give just 4-5 hours in a week (for The Kapil Sharma Show). The only thing that strikes us is, Ms Navjot Kaur Sidhu might be forgetting that her husband shall be getting remuneration and other facilities, which shall be spent from the public exchequer funds.
And with the way things are turning out for The Kapil Sharma Show, where rumours are rife about Sony not intending to renew its contract in April due to the Kapil-Sunil fiasco, Sidhu might not have to worry about shuttling between two jobs. Call it the good karma of his followers!