Kapil Sharma (comedian)

Kapil Sharma (born 2 April 1981)[1] is an Indian stand-up comedian, television presenter, actor and producer known for hosting The Kapil Sharma Show.[2] He previously hosted the television comedy shows Comedy Nights with Kapil and Family Time with Kapil.

Kapil Sharma
Born (1981-04-02) 2 April 1981[1]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Comedian
  • actor
  • television presenter
  • producer
Years active2007–present
Known forThe Kapil Sharma Show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, Comedy Circus
Ginni Chatrath (m. 2018)

Ormax Media rated Kapil Sharma the most popular Indian television personality in April 2016.[3] Forbes India ranked him at 11th and 18th in their Celebrity 100 list in the year 2016 and 2017 respectively. [4][5] In 2013, he was awarded the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in the entertainment category, and was ranked third in the Most Admired Indian Personality List by The Economic Times in 2015.[6] Sharma was nominated in 2014 for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness among people for cleanliness and other hygiene related social issues.[7] For his contribution towards the mission through his show, he was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Pranab Mukherjee in September 2015 to acknowledge his contribution.[8]

Early and personal life

Kapil Sharma was born in Amritsar, Punjab.[9] His father Jeetendra Kumar Punj was a head constable in Punjab Police, while his mother Janak Rani is a homemaker.[10] His father was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 and died in 2004 at AIIMS in Delhi.[11] He studied at Shri Ram Ashram Senior Secondary School, Amristar and Hindu College in Amritsar. He is featured in the list of prominent alumni of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar.[12] Kapil Sharma has a brother named Ashok Kumar Sharma, who is a Police constable and a sister named Pooja Pawan Devgan.[13] Sharma married Ginni Chatrath in Jalandhar on 12 December 2018[14][15][16] They had a daughter on 10 December 2019.[17]


Kapil rose to fame after winning the comedy reality television show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007, for which he won a cash prize of INR ₹10 lakh.[18] He had previously worked in the Punjabi show Hasde Hasaande Ravo on MH One channel.[19]

He participated in Sony's Comedy Circus[20] and went on to win six seasons of the show.[21] He also hosted the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6[22] and another comedy show Chhote Miyan.[23][24] Kapil was seen as a contestant in the show Ustaadon Ka Ustaad in 2008. In 2013, Kapil launched his own show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, under his banner K9 Productions on Colors.

At the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year awards 2013, Kapil was felicitated with the Indian of the Year award in the entertainment category by veteran actor Amol Palekar.[25] During the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, he was appointed the Brand Ambassador by the Delhi Election Commission.[26]

Kapil was the co-host of the 60th Filmfare Awards in 2015 along with Karan Johar.[27] He was the presenter for the fourth season of Celebrity Cricket League, 2014.[28] He appeared as a guest on the opening episode of the eighth season of the Indian television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati[29] and also as a celebrity guest on The Anupam Kher Show.[30] He also appeared as a guest in Koffee With Karan in 2017.

Kapil made his Bollywood debut as the male lead in the movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, a romantic-comedy directed by Abbas Mustan opposite four actresses, Elli Avram, Manjari Phadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi and Sai Lokur.[31] The film was released on 25 September 2015 to mixed reviews from critics and did record breaking opening day business for a debutant.[32][31][33]

After the end of Comedy Nights with Kapil, Kapil signed a contract with Sony TV for a new show called The Kapil Sharma Show. Its last episode was aired on 24 January 2016. After that he started working on Sony Entertainment Television for The Kapil Sharma Show under his K9 Productions. The Kapil Sharma Show started airing on 23 April 2016 and received a positive response from the viewers.[34][35]

As of December 2016, he has signed two movies and is currently working on them.[36][37] Also he has renewed his contract with Sony Entertainment Television for The Kapil Sharma Show,[38] which began airing on 29 December 2018.

His second movie Firangi was released on 1 December 2017. Directed by Rajiev Dhingra, Firangi is a historical period drama film set in the year 1920.

His next show was launched on 25 March 2018 stating as Family Time With Kapil Sharma which was ended on 1 April after only 3 episodes. In 2018, he produced a Punjabi movie named Son of Manjeet Singh which was released on 12 October 2018. His show The Kapil Sharma Show was aired with a new season on 29 December 2018, produced by Salman Khan.[39]


Kapil has been known for his efforts in promoting animal rights. He and the cast of Comedy Nights with Kapil appeared in a PETA campaign to promote adoption of homeless cats and dogs.[40] In July 2014, he adopted a homeless dog, a retired police dog from Mumbai. He has also campaigned to save tortured elephants across the country.[41] Sharma was nominated for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for which he campaigned and regularly promotes on his show.[7]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 Bhavnao Ko Samjho Thakur's son Sunil Pal Special appearance
2015 ABCD 2 Himself Remo D'Souza
Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan Abbas–Mustan Debut film
2017 Firangi Manga Rajiv Dhingra
2018 Son Of Manjeet Singh Producer/Special Appearance Vikram Grover Producer of the film
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Red (voice) Thurop Van Orman Hindi dubbed version[42][43]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Hasde Hasande Ravo Contestant [44]
2007 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (season 3) Winner
2008 Chhote Miyan Host
2008-09 Laughter Knights Contestant
2009 Ustaadon Ka Ustaad
Hans Baliye
2010-13 Comedy Circus Winner of 6 consecutive seasons
2010 Comedy Ka Daily Soap Performer
2011 Star Ya Rockstar Contestant Runner Up [45]
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 6) Host
2013-16 Comedy Nights with Kapil Host/Comedy performer/co-producer of the show
2014 Kaun Banega Crorepati Guest
The Anupam Kher Show
2015 60th Filmfare Awards Host [46]
Farah Ki Daawat Guest [47]
Aap Ki Adalat [48]
Dance India Dance to promote his debut film [49]
Indian Idol Junior [50]
The Voice [51]
Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi [52]
Star Guild Awards Host [53]
2016 22nd Star Screen Awards [54]
61st Filmfare Awards [55]
2016–2017 The Kapil Sharma Show Season 1 Host/Comedy Performer [56]
2017 62nd Filmfare Awards Host [57]
Koffee with Karan 5 Guest [58]
Bigg Boss 11 To promote his film Firangi [59]
Super Dancer Chapter 2
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs
Oye Firangi Host Special Event/Show to promote his film Firangi
2018 Family Time With Kapil Sharma Host
2018-present The Kapil Sharma Show Season 2 Host/Comedy Performer/co-producer of the show

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category For Result Ref
2012 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor – Comedy Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Won [60]
2013 Comedy Nights with Kapil [61]
Funniest Serial – Comedy Comedy Nights with Kapil
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Entertainer of the Year Kapil Sharma [62]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Comedy Show Comedy Nights with Kapil [63]
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Comedy Show [64]
2015 Sony Guild Film Awards Promising Debut (Male) Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon [65]
2015 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Comedy) Comedy Nights with Kapil
2019 World book of Records (London) Most viewed stand-up comedian [66]
2019 Gold Awards Best Comedy Show The Kapil Sharma Show
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Comedy Show
Comedy Genius


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