Stand up comedian, Kapil Sharma, who has courted controversies in the past is once again in news, but this time for his newly launched TV show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. One of the reports stated that the nurses and nursing staff raised slogans against both Kapil and Navjot Singh.
Stand-up comedian, Kapil Sharma, who has courted controversies in the past is once again in news, but this time for his newly launched TV show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. According to media reports, from different medical colleges and hospitals staged protest at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar.
One of the reports stated that the nurses and nursing staff raised slogans against both Kapil and Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is also part of the show. Both Kapil and Sidhu are from Amritsar.
A report in Hindustan Times, quoted Raj Bedi, State General Secretary, Punjab Nursing Association, saying, “How can Sidhu be part of a show like this that demeans someone’s profession? He keeps laughing at jokes made about the medical profession, including those on doctors, even when his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu (Amritsar-East MLA) is a doctor. We as a community expected that Sidhu would not support this nonsense and such vulgar jokes. Nurses have been objectified on the show since its beginning.”
However, Kiku says he doesn’t “have the exact details” at the moment, and is unaware of any such case. “I have read about it (the protests) online… The show’s team hasn’t told us anything yet; we are shooting today,” he adds.
Reacting to the allegations made by the nurses, Kiku says, “It is all in good humour. I don’t think anyone should take it personally. We are not trying to make fun of any profession. Every character is part of some profession, and if people from every profession start objecting and protesting, then there will be no end.”
Incidentally, when the first episode went on air, the viewers were clearly informed that all the characters in this show are purely fictional. “No one plays a real doctor or nurse. The characters on the show repeatedly talk about how they don’t know their jobs, and that’s where the comedy comes from. One nurse (Rochelle) says she used to work in a boutique, and the doctor (played by Sunil Grover) says ‘I have a fake hospital. Come if you want.’ This is a comedy show, and it is not meant to be taken seriously,” says an insider.
The nursing union is planning to file a defamation case against Kapil Sharma, concluded the report.