- "Kapil has been keeping to himself," said a source
- "Seems like he is depressed," the source added
- "The team couldn't get through to Kapil," the source said
Viewers may just have to make do with a repeat episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, which the channel has decided to air to fill the scheduled spot. "With nothing to showcase, the channel has decided to air his old episodes to keep his fans happy," the source added.
Soon after Kapil's come back on the small screen, reports stating he cancelled shoot for an episode which was to feature Rani Mukerji, popped up online. "The team was to shoot the episode yesterday evening but Kapil informed in the morning that he won't be able to make it, and so the shoot was cancelled," Indian Express quoted a source as saying in March end.
Kapil Sharma has trended for all the wrong reasons all of this week and one of them was that the makers of Family Time With Kapil Sharma are reportedly planning to crop out a few episodes. According to a report in DNA, Kapil and the show's team were not on the same page as far as promotional strategies were concerned and that unimpressive ratings of the show have lead them to shorten the overall duration by 6-9 episodes. "Now, there is an internal dispute going on about how many episodes should be aired. The show has been slated for 26 episodes, but the channel is thinking of cutting it to 15-20 if the reactions are not good and ratings are not as expected," DNA quoted a source as saying.
After the first episode of Family Time With Kapil Sharma, netizens were of the opinion that it lacked the charm of Kapil's previous shows and reviewed it as "disappointing" and "depressing." Kapil's new show, unlike the massively popular previous ones, also failed to feature on Broadcast Audience Research Council's report for top five Programmes of week 13, 2018 - March 14 to March 30.
Even before Family Time With Kapil Sharma premiered on TV, rumours about Kapil having cancelled a shoot with Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani kept the gossip mills busy, something which was dismissed by the comedian in a tweet.
Tiger was never supposed to shoot for our 2nd episode, so shoot cancel hone ka sawaal hi paida nahi hota.kuch to authenticity rakha karo yaar.Twitter kya ab explanation dene ke liye hi reh gya hai?Best wishes to my brother @iTIGERSHROFF for #baaghi2 see u soon bro.. lots of love— KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) March 24, 2018
Meanwhile, Kapil Sharma has recently filed a police complaint against Neeti and Preeti Simoes (the creative directors of his previous shows) alleging distortion.