In the biggest setback to comedian and actor Kapil Sharma yet, Sony TV has reportedly issued an ultimatum asking him to mend fences with Sunil Grover, Chandan Prabhakar and Ali Asgar and improve the show’s ratings within a month.
According to Times of India, the channel, which hosts Kapil Sharma Show, has warned the comedian that his failure to win over his former co-stars and audience in one month will lead to contract being cancelled.
Sony TV, according to sources, was in talks with Sharma to renew the contract, which expires in April, and was offering a whopping Rs 702 crore. However, since the three key actors from the show have walked out in protest, the channel has developed cold feet.
On Friday, 64% people had told Janta Ka Reporter that they will not watch Kapil Sharma Show without Grover being a part of it.
Sharma has had to face a massive revolt of sorts after he allegedly abused and physically assaulted Grover during a flight journey from Australia.
This had prompted Grover to quit the show forcing Sharma to issue a public apology.
Grover had later posted a gut-wrenching letter asking Sharma not to behave like God. Soon, he received support from other actors including Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar, both of whom refused to take part in Sony TV’s popular show.
There are reports that Sony is not keen to renew the Rs 107 crore contract with Sharma. Meanwhile, Colors is reportedly in conversation with Grover to launch a rival comedy show against Sharma.
Although, a section of media on Monday reported that Grover was back in the show, the latter’s social media post later appeared to contradict the story.
He, however, returned to Sony TV to shoot a special act while playing the character of Dr Mashoor Gulati, it was for another reality show, Indian Idol. Even though, Sharma was shooting barely few meters away in the Film City, he made no efforts to reach out to Grover.