- Sunil Pal said Kapil Sharma revolutionised the genre of comedy in India
- Sunil Grover should forgive Kapil because they're family, he said
- "You won't be anything without each other," Sunil Pal said
Sunil Pal also said that Kapil Sharma should be forgiven. Sunil Pal said: "I agree Kapil Sharma may have made a mistake. Forgive him because you are like family." What Mr Sharma is accused of is rather more than a 'mistake' - he allegedly assaulted Mr Grover and hit him with a shoe while drunk on a plane from Melbourne.
For a good minute or two in his video, Sunil Pal praised Kapil Sharma, 36, for revolutionizing the genre of comedy and giving stand-up comedians in the country a "respectable platform." He said: "Earlier, our scenes in a film were chopped off and you have been through that. We comedians have a huge name because of Kapil Sharma. When people ask what I do, I say, 'I do shows like Kapil Sharma.' He has done a huge service for comedians."
Sunil Pal also clarified that he doesn't have any ulterior motive behind posting this video. "People say that Kapil will offer a role in his show if I say these things but it's not about that. He's offered me a part before and I refused saying, 'I'm not that talented and I can only do stand-up comedy'," he said.
He signed off saying: "You both are our icons. Please, I request you be each other's strength and not weakness."
Watch the video here:
Other industry voices have, at least indirectly, criticized Mr Sharma for his allegedly high-handed behavior (he's also accused of threatening to end the careers of his cast mates). TV actor Karan Patel said: "Kapil Sharma's incident proves that if you want to be loved and respected for lifelong and not momentarily, there's just one simple thing to do - 'Head on your shoulders and feet firm on the ground'." Ekta Kapoor seconded her Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor's opinion and commented on his post: "True."
Here's Karan Patel's post:
My intentions are to act and to entertain with dignity. For me, money can't be the only reason to do something, or not to do something.— Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) April 5, 2017
Sunil Grover delivered a live performance in New Delhi on April 1 which was followed up by his gig on the grand finale of Indian Idol 9. Both were super successful. Meanwhile, Kapil Sharma's show has been given a month's extension and the actor is also filming his new movie Firangi.