Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha has said that the limits of decency should not be crossed while mimicking the legends of the past in a reference to comedian Kapil Sharma impersonating him on his TV shows in the past.
Speaking to an entertainment portal, the actor-turned-politician said that his actress daughter Sonakshi Sinha had even reprimanded the comedian, who’s been facing tough time in his personal life lately.
“I am sporting enough to take it on the chin. All the greats Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle , Amitabh Bachchan have mimics impersonating them. It is fine , as long as the mimicry does nor cross the limits of decency. This happened with me when Kapil Sharma made fun of me on his show. My daughter Sonakshi even reprimanded him. The mimic should not forget that he is paying a homage to a man or a woman he or she admires. Limits of decency should not be crossed.Also the mimicry should be restricted to the stage, and not taken out on the streets and certainly not into the Parliament,” Sinha, now a BJP MP, told Masala.com.
Kapil had mimicked Sinha on several occasions on his TV shows, that have now been taken off air. The comedian-actor was recently spotted in a very poor shape and his health bore not even a remote resemblance to his smart self during his peak in his TV career. Sonakshi too had appeared on his show several times to promote her films, but at no point did she appear angry with the comedian.
Sinha later went on to talk about one Balbir Singh, who made a career out of mimicking the veteran actor. Singh had landed himself in a spot of bother in 2009, when he made unsuccessful attempt to enter parliament posing himself as Shatrughan Sinha. Since then he’s faced several court cases and criminal complaints. The man, in his 80s, has suffered two heart attacks.
Sinha told the website that Singh ought to have been forgiven since he’s already been through a lot in his life. He said, “The man has suffered enough. He was the bakra in this so-called sting operation. The people who masterminded the whole thing, the tv channel, got away with it and left this poor undefended man to face the music. What did he get out of it? Not even any money, I am told. Forgive him.”