It seems nothing is going well for Kapil Sharma Show these days. After feud with Sunil Grover and the subsequent fall in TRPs, the show has now been accused of plagiarism.
A stand-up comedian, Abhijit Ganguly, has taken to Facebook to allege that the writers of Kapil Sharma Show, broadcast last Sunday, lifted a joke from his comedy that he’s been performing for three years.
In his Facebook post, Ganguly wrote, “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.”
Kapil’s guests on Sunday night included women cricketers from the Indian team. Ganguly said that whilst he understood that it was possible ‘for two people to have the same thought’ he didn’t feel it was that on this occasion.
“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,” he wrote.
Ganguly wrote that as comedian his livelihood depended on his creativity adding that lifting his joke was tantamount to stealing his wallet.
He wrote, “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. (sic)”
He told the Kapil that plagiarism was not ‘OK.’
“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,” Ganguly concluded.
Watch Kapil Sharma Show, broadcast last week from 52 seconds onward.