Kapil Sharma

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Kapil Sharma (born Kapil Punj; 2 April 1981)[4] is an Indian stand-up comedian, television host, actor, dubbing artist, producer & singer from Punjab, India, He hosts The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony TV.[5]

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Sharma on the sets of his show in Mumbai, 2016
Kapil Punj

(1981-04-02) 2 April 1981 (age 42)
  • Amristar and Hindu College
  • Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar
Years active2006–present
Ginni Chatrath
(m. 2018)
Comedy career
Notable works and roles

He won the stand-up comedy reality show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge season 3 in 2007.[6] He has hosted and produced television comedy shows such as Comedy Nights with Kapil, Family Time with Kapil on Colors TV and Sony TV channels respectively.

He has won multiple seasons of the comedy show Comedy Circus on Sony TV along with various partners and in 2011 participated in the singing reality show Star Ya Rockstar of Zee TV, where he finished as a second runner-up.[7]

He has worked in some films such as Bhavnao Ko Samjho (2010), Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015), Firangi and did short appearances in ABCD 2 (2015). He did Hindi dubbing for The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).[8] Kapil Sharma also does live stand-up comedy-stage shows.[9][10]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Sharma was born in a Punjabi family in the city of Amritsar of Punjab, India as Kapil Punj.[11][12] His father Jeetendra Kumar Punj was a head constable in Punjab Police, while his mother Janak Rani is a homemaker.[13] His father was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 and died in 2004 at AIIMS in Delhi.[14] He studied at Shri Ram Ashram Senior Secondary School, in Amristar and Hindu College in Amritsar. He is featured in the list of prominent alumni of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar.[15] Sharma has a brother named Ashok Kumar Sharma, who is a Police constable and a sister named Pooja Pawan Devgan.[16]

He married Ginni Chatrath in Jalandhar on 12 December 2018.[17] They have two children – a daughter and a son.[18]

Sharma with wife, Ginni Chatrath in 2018


Sharma rose to fame after winning the comedy reality television show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007, for which he won a cash prize of 10 lakh (equivalent to 26 lakh or US$32,000 in 2020).[citation needed] He had previously worked in the Punjabi show Hasde Hasaande Ravo on MH One channel.[19] Sharma has stated that he moved to Mumbai to become a singer.[11]

Sharma (standing) on the sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil in 2013

He participated in Sony's Comedy Circus[20] and went on to win six seasons of the show.[21] He also hosted the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6[22] and another comedy show Chhote Miyan.[23][24] Sharma was seen as a contestant in the show Ustaadon Ka Ustaad in 2008. In 2011, he participated as a contestant in Zee TV's singing reality show Star Ya Rockstar, he finished as runner up. In 2013, Kapil launched his own show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, under his banner K9 Productions on Colors TV.[citation needed]

At the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year awards 2013, Sharma was felicitated with the Indian of the Year award in the entertainment category by veteran actor Amol Palekar.[25] In the same year he did live stage shows in Oman.[9] During the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, he was appointed the Brand Ambassador by the Delhi Election Commission.[26]

Sharma was the co-host of the 60th Filmfare Awards in 2015 along with Karan Johar.[27] He was the presenter for the fourth season of Celebrity Cricket League, 2014.[28] He appeared as a guest on the opening episode of the eighth season of the Indian television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati[29] and also as a celebrity guest on The Anupam Kher Show.[30] He also appeared as a guest in Koffee With Karan in 2017.[citation needed]

Sharma made his Bollywood debut as the male lead in the movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, a romantic-comedy directed by Abbas Mustan opposite four actresses, Elli Avram, Manjari Phadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi and Sai Lokur.[31] The film was released on 25 September 2015 to mixed reviews from critics but did record-breaking opening day business for a debut.[32][31][33] In the same year he signed and paid to do six live shows in North America but the event organizer Amit Jaitly alleged that Sharma not did show up in one city and thus filed a court case for breach of contract against Sharma in New York's court. Jaitly also accused Sharma is not taking his phone calls, the case is pending in New York's court.[34]

His show Comedy Nights with Kapil on Colors aired its last episode on 24 January 2016. Sharma then began a new show titled The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony Entertainment Television under his K9 Productions. The Kapil Sharma Show debuted on 23 April 2016 to a positive response from the viewers.[35][36]

In 2017, he did not record his TV show multiple times and cancelled shootings, due to several actors like Ajay Devgn, Shah Rukh Khan and their crew having to return from the sets when Kapil Sharma did not show up. Later Kapil Sharma was admitted into an Ayurvedic ashram in Karnataka to leave his Alcohol addiction but he left the ashram before attending the full treatment of 40 days, in 12 days. He told DNA (newspaper) in an interview that he had suffered from high blood pressure and other health issues. Before this Sharma assaulted his employee and fellow comedian on his show, Sunil Grover after drinking alcohol and abusing other fellow comedians. After this Grover quit Sharma's TV show.[37]

His second movie Firangi was released on 1 December 2017. Directed by Rajiev Dhingra and produced by Sharma himself, Firangi was a period drama film set in the year 1920. Sharma played the role of Manga. Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India in a review wrote, 'Firangi is a boring film', gave 2.0/5 stars and other critics, panned it for a bad story, and slow speed.[38][39] It emerged as a big flop at the box-office.[40] The 25 crore film managed to earn 10 crores and Sharma suffered losses.[41]

His next show was launched on 25 March 2018 stating as Family Time With Kapil Sharma which ended on 1 April after only 3 episodes. In 2018, he produced a Punjabi movie named Son of Manjeet Singh which was released on 12 October 2018. His show The Kapil Sharma Show was renewed with a new season which started airing on 29 December 2018, produced by Salman Khan.[42]

In 2020, it was announced he will star in a kids comedy show, titled The Honey Bunny Show With Kapil Sharma on Sony Yay.[43] In January 2020, Kapil Sharma - Krushna Abhishek and other members of his Sony TV show did live show in Dubai of United Arab Emirates.[44]

In January 2022, it was announced that a biopic on his life is under development. Titled Funkaar the film will be directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba.[45]

The Kapil Sharma Show initiated airing on Sony on 10 September 2022. The show's one of the main actor Krushna Abhishek left the show after monetary differences.[46] Before the start of shoot in June–July, Sharma did live shows in North America.[34] In 2023, Kapil Sharma was the lead actor in the movie Zwigato, directed by Nandita Das.


In 2016, Sharma tagged Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in a tweet and alleged that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took 5 Lakh rupees bribe from him for construction of his office. “I am paying 15 crores income tax from last five years and still I have to pay 5 lacs to bribe to BMC office for making my office Narendra Modi, Yeh hain aapke achhe din?", he tweeted. In response chief of BMC's vigilance department asked him the names of the people who took bribes and assured him to take stringent action against them. It was later revealed that Sharma himself was doing illegal activities involving work being done on his properties. BMC issued a stop work notice to him and asked him to stop illegal extensions work in his two bungalows, ground in Andheri and told him to demolish illegal work in the next 24 hours. On 4 August 2016, BMC demolished parts of the extensions and their officials alleged that Kapil Sharma made internal changes on his properties and office without legal permission from BMC.[6]

In 2018, Sharma did a show for the Pakistan Super League in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, angering right-wing groups in India who were hostile to the idea of a collaboration with their neighboring country.[47] Right-wing politician and Maharashtrian party member Shiv Sena slammed Sharma and said, "Kapil Sharma is making a mockery of India's honour. He just wants to earn money and doesn't care about the country, we strongly condemn Sharma for performing during PSL", Sena said. The situation between India and its western neighburing nation has been especially bad for several years since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, an unprecedented terrorist attack in which 168 people died and 238 were severely injured.[48][49]

In 2018, Kapil Sharma had an argument with journalist Vicky Lalwani of SpotboyE in a recorded telephone conversation, later leaked by Lalwani. Sharma used foul language and asked the journalist his reason for writing negative and biased articles about him (Sharma). After the conversation went viral on social media, Sharma filed a police complaint against Vicky Lalwani, along with his ex-managers Preeti Simoes and Neeti Simoes, for trying to extort INR 25 lakhs from him as well as alleging in a police complaint that both sisters used to take money from the people who arrived in Film City, Mumbai to see his show and Preeti-Neeti manufactured miss understandings between him and his fellow comedians of his show and arriving guests.[50] Simoes condemned all of these allegations as false and made-up stories. Preeti Simoes also claimed she had been Sharma's girlfriend for 8 years until his engagement, although there was no proof and these claims were likely false.[41][51] She and her sister Neeti Simoes worked in Kapil Sharma's production or with him for eight years until 2017.[52] She claimed that trouble erupted between Preeti and Kapil after he announced his engagement with Ginni Chatrath in March 2017. Sharma also abused SpotboyE and its editor Vicky Lalwani thorugh a series of tweets, which his employees tried to cover up by saying his account was hacked until Sharma later confessed that the abusive tweets were written by himself. On 8 April 2018, SpotboyE filed a counter police report against Sharma for intimidation, abuse and threats.[53]


Sharma has been known for his efforts in promoting animal rights. He and the cast of Comedy Nights with Kapil appeared in a PETA campaign to promote the adoption of homeless cats and dogs.[54] In July 2014, he adopted a homeless dog, a retired police dog from Mumbai. He has also campaigned to save tortured elephants across the country.[55]

Sharma was nominated in 2014 for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness among people for cleanliness and other hygiene-related social issues.[56] For his contribution towards the mission through his show, he was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Pranab Mukherjee in September 2015 to acknowledge his contribution.[57]

Singing careerEdit

Kapil Sharma recently sang his first song "Alone" with Guru Randhawa with a video featuring Kapil Sharma and Yogita Bihani in the lead roles. The song was aired on Youtube on 8 February 2023. [58][59]



List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Bhavnao Ko Samjho Thakur's son Special appearance [60]
2015 ABCD 2 Himself [61]
Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan Punj [62]
2017 Firangi Manga Also producer [63]
2018 Son of Manjeet Singh Special appearance Also producer [64]
2020 It's My Life Pyaare [65]
2023 Zwigato Manas [66]


List of television shows and roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Hasde Hasande Ravo Contestant Punjabi language show [67]
2007 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (season 3) Winner [68]
2008 Chhote Miyan Host
2008–2009 Laughter Knights Contestant [69]
2009 Ustaadon Ka Ustaad [69]
Hans Baliye [69]
2010–2013 Comedy Circus Winner of 6 consecutive seasons [70]
2010 Comedy Ka Daily Soap Performer [69]
2011 Star Ya Rockstar Contestant Runner-up [71]
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 6) Host [72]
2013–2016 Comedy Nights with Kapil Host/performer Also co-producer [73]
2015 60th Filmfare Awards Host [74]
Star Guild Awards Host [75]
2016 22nd Star Screen Awards [76]
61st Filmfare Awards [77]
2016–present The Kapil Sharma Show [78]
2017 62nd Filmfare Awards [79]
Aadat Se Majboor Himself Guest [80]
2018 Family Time With Kapil Sharma Host [81]
2020–present The Honey Bunny Show With Kapil Sharma Himself [82]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2023 Alone Himself, Guru Randhawa [83]

Awards and nominationsEdit

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor – Comedy Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Won [84]
2013 Comedy Nights with Kapil [85]
Funniest Serial – Comedy Comedy Nights with Kapil
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Entertainer of the Year Kapil Sharma [86]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Comedy Show Comedy Nights with Kapil [87]
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Comedy Show [88]
2015 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Comedy) Comedy Nights with Kapil [citation needed]
2019 Gold Awards Best Comedy Show The Kapil Sharma Show [89]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Comedy Show [90]

See alsoEdit


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