Kapil Sharma won television’s early comedy award and has gone on to become a big sketch comedy show host with movie stars who show up to promote their films. On paper, there’s nothing wrong with the core idea of the show. People love to see their favourite movie stars gush over ‘oh my god you’re so beautiful’ kind of praise.
But the show has serious cringe-inducing elements. Kapil Sharma insults the character Gutthi - a man dressed in women’s clothes - again and again in front of a live audience.
Of course, Bollywood gave us ‘Kajra Mohabbat wala’ (Kismet, 1968), ‘Chhuk Chhuk Chhak Chhak’ (Rafoo Chakker, 1975), and even Apna Sapna Money Money that showed up in 2006 had men dressing in drag, and that was supposed to be comedy. But night after night watching Kapil Sharma insult Gutthi, a man dressed in seriously offensive drag, is not for everyone.
Or so you’d think.