Comedian Kapil Sharma’s differences with Vivek Agnihotri, the director of The Kashmir Files, has acquired a life in the news cycle as it runs on a track parallel to the marvellous reviews the film has been getting from Pandits and other Hindus amid an effort to discredit the narrative by leftists. After the filmmaker claimed in a tweet that the comedian did not invite him on The Kapil Sharma Show, a television programme that otherwise hosts a number of celebrities from all walks of life, yesterday actor Anupam Kher and then Mukesh Khanna joined the debate with clarifications and admonitions respectively.
In the flashback, a Twitter user asked Vivek to promote his film on The Kapil Sharma Show. Vivek replied, “I don’t get to decide who should be invited on @KapilSharmaK9 show. It’s his and his producer’s choice whom he wants to invite. As far as Bollywood is concerned, I’d say what Mr. Bachchan was quoted saying about the Gandhis: Vo raja hai hum rank.” He said further, “They refused to call us on their show because we don’t have a big commercial star. #FACT.”
A lot of Twitter users then panned Kapil Sharma for only promoting mainstream films regardless of quality. A user wrote, “Kapil sharma is the circus master of Bollywood. He is not serious about national issues. He is abusing and insulting poor people in the show for making money. No civilised society will allow his hypocrisy. He can not understand pain of genocide. Jai Hind.” Another wrote, “Boycott Kapil Sharma show. Anyway… I have said earlier also… this show is worth nothing.”
Kapil reacted to one such tweet where a user lashed out at him for not promoting an important film. Kapil wrote, “यह सच नहीं है, rathore साहब। आपने पूछा इसलिए बता दिया, बाक़ी जिन्होंने सच मान ही लिया उनको explanation देने का क्या फ़ायदा. Just a suggestion as a experienced social media user:- never believe in one sided story in today’s social media world. Dhanyawaad.”
After Vivek Agnihotri shared photos of his team with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who praised the film publicly, users trolled Kapil again. Another Twitter user wrote, “Yes friends, this is the same movie that Kapil Sharma refused to appear in his show, this is the one that was praised by the Prime Minister, Hon’ble Narendra Modi.” Another tweeted, “I love your show but you didn’t promote the best films. So I will not watch your show ever.”
Meanwhile, Anupam Kher, who is part of the cast, clarified that Kapil had invited him two months ago to promote this film on The Kapil Sharma Show but he refused because the film’s nature is serious and not fit for a comedy show. Kapil thanked Anupam on his social media account for coming to his aid. He wrote, “Thank you paji @anupampkher for clarifying all the false allegations against me ❤️ और उन सब दोस्तों का भी शुक्रिया जिन्होंने बिना सच जाने मुझे इतनी मोहब्बत दी। खुश रहिए, मुस्कुराते रहिये। #thekapilsharmashow #Isupportmyself #kapilsharma” (Thanks to all those friends who gave me immense love without knowing the truth. Stay happy and keep smiling).”
Anupam Kher reacted to Kapil’s ‘thank you’ note and wrote how it would have been better had the comedian posted the full video showing the entire truth. His tweet read, “Dear @KapilSharmaK9! I wish you had posted the full video and not the half truth. The entire world is celebrating, you also celebrate tonight. Love and prayers always!”
Mukesh Khanna, who had earlier spoken against Kapil and refused to go on the comedy show with the cast of Mahabharat, said, “I don’t know why people in the industry prove that they are not part of India. If they don’t understand the pain of Indians, then they are not Indians. This film will be promoted by the public. I think this film will become a big blockbuster.”