We all know the problems comedian Kapil Sharma is facing after his big fight with fellow comedian Sunil Grover. From comedians boycotting the show to declining TRPs, the mid-air brawl between the two has cost Kapil a lot, and we are all witnessing it. Amidst all this, it seems that troubles for him are just not settling down. Why? Because now a stand-up comedian has accused him to copying a joke out of his act, and use it in the comedy show. Yes, you read it right.
Stand-up comedian Abijit Ganguly took to Facebook to accuse Kapil of stealing one of his jokes, and explained how he thinks was it copied. Abijit’s latest act talked about how elder brothers do not let the younger ones bat while playing cricket during childhood. He explained in the FB post that Kiku Sharda – one of the characters on The Kapil Sharma Show – blatantly copied the joke in one of their recent episodes. Here’s what Abijit Ganguly wrote –
‘I had released a stand-up bit on Youtube and FB on ‘having an elder brother’ around two weeks back. One of the jokes in the routine is an observational joke on how from from Kapil Dev to Zaheer Khan (citing some other names, such as Harbhajan Singh, Srinath, Kumble) all successful Indian bowlers have been co-incidentally younger brothers, leading to the punch of ‘Do you realise how weird it is that India’s bowling strength depends on the fact that elder brothers never let younger brothers ever bat’. I have been doing this bit for over three years now and most people who have ever been to my show in the last three, would have heard this. And modesty aside, many have told me that this was one of their favourite jokes.
Yesterday, at around 10:30 PM, I suddenly got a message from a friend on FB who said that my younger brother bowler joke had been lifted in The Kapil Sharma Show. Someone also tweeted out to me informing me of the same.I was genuinely flustered but still wanted to check before drawing any conclusions. Having checked online, I am disappointed and gutted to see that they have indeed done that.
There I saw Kiku Sharda trying to use my joke (and honestly making a mess of it) while Sidhu and others laughed out in their usual hysterical manner as every cell in my body burnt with rage.
I understand that it’s possible for two people to have the same thought, but this is not that. The fact that right two weeks after I released this bit (which got a decent amount of traction), they just happen to use it while awkwardly trying to use the same examples as premise makes it clear what has happened.
A stand-up bit takes a lot of effort to write and fine-tune. As comedians we strive for originality and after having made all the effort in coming out with a unique observation and building a joke around it, when something like this happens it just deflates you.
We comedians make a living from our self-written jokes. It’s what I depend on to run my house. When you lift a joke I have written, you steal from me. It is as good as stealing my wallet, my watch, laptop or just a goddam robbery at my home.
No Kapil Sharma, plagiarism is not OK. It is not OK to do this. It is not OK to lift a man’s joke and do it on national TV where millions will now think you goddam wrote that joke, and if I am to ever perform it, it comes off as I lifted it.
I am feeling angry, and helpless. I just hope there can be enough noise around this, so that it doesn’t happen anymore with anyone else.’
He even mentioned the counters of the video where he thinks that the joke was copied.
Abijit Ganguly urged people to share the post so that it reaches Kapil Sharma or Sony Entertainment TV, so that they are aware of his accusations. According to a report in Being India, Abijit Ganguly said that his joke was used without any due credit and as he is a full-time comedian, his livelihood depends on it. He said –
‘When someone lifts a joke from me, it’s as good as stealing from my house. It’s unethical, disgusting and just plain and simple wrong. All I want is an acknowledgement from them on the same platform that this was written by me and lifted by them.’
The post has been shared over 1530 times. The episode Abijit Ganguly is talking about, is the 100th episode of the comedy show where Kapil invited the members of the Indian women cricket team. During the show, Kiku Sharda joked about how all successful Indian bowlers – from Kapil Dev to Zaheer Khan – are younger in their families. And it was then that Abijit feels that his joke was lifted.
According to a report in TOI, Kiku Sharda, when asked about the same said that the show has a big team and they all brainstorm to come up with jokes. He said –
‘Someone cracked this joke and we made it a part of the script. It is possible that the same idea came to our writers, or maybe they had heard it somewhere. It is not that we do not use popular SMS or Whatsapp jokes. We can’t keep track of who cracked what joke and when.’
Meanwhile, representatives of Sony TV haven’t reacted on the issue.