From drops of struggle to an Ocean of Stardom: The Inspiring Story of Kapil Sharma
Some lives can be as exciting as a super hit movie, but only a few have the potential of themselves becoming a blockbuster film. It's not from where you begin but where you finish. Kapil Sharma, a name which has now become household, was once just limited to his home, school, and the PCO booth he worked at while being in the 10th standard.
Born on 2nd April 1981, in Amritsar, Punjab, Kapil is regarded as Mumma's boy. He hails from a lower middle-class family, and completed his education from Hindu college of Amritsar, before which he had worked at a PCO booth, during his 10th standard, to make up for his pocket money.
Kapil's life was not too worrying until 1997 when fate decided to turn his world upside down. It was detected that his father, a head constable in the police department, is diagnosed with final stage cancer. Haunting times were waiting for him and his family of 5, and he had to decide if he should bow down to the challenges thrown by life or should he keep his head up and steady to face them? He chose the latter.
It would not be wrong to quote Aristotle here, "It is in our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
Kapil started doing theatre in college but had no money to pay the fee, forcing him to stop. He did ‘jagratas’ at night to earn a living and also worked at a cloth mill to help his father’s treatment.
The rise of a Common Man
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary journey” ~ C.S. Lewis
When we reach on top of the ladder of success, some people term it as a miracle. It is because they only see you when you reach the top and not your efforts to reach there. When Kapil Sharma did not have the money to pay the fee, his talent and hard work came to his rescue. His work was appreciated by the teachers leading him to get recognized by several colleges who were willing to have him as their representative in youth festivals.
While on the other hand, his father’s condition was worsening forcing him to teach theatre in college to earn some money. But, sadly his father passed away in 2004. From here a journey, which many still think was impossible, began. The grief of his father's death worked as fuel to kick-start his journey.
Kapil Sharma- The Curtain Raiser
If you keep pushing the mountain, it would be hard to move. Try climbing it, and the whole world would be there to see. Kapil did not get stuck to the problems; in fact, he used them as a confidence booster. Bradley Whitford once said, “Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your future. Make your hope.”
Kapil got rejected for the ‘Laughter Challenge’ when he first auditioned for it but later went on to become the winner in 2007. As revealed by him, his sister’s wedding was being planned around the same time, but the family had not enough money to buy the engagement ring. After winning the 2007 edition of the Laughter Challenge, the first thing Kapil did was to go backstage and call his sister to tell her that she can now go and buy the ring with his prize money.
The first spark of success should be so tasty that you crave for it even more afterwards. Kapil went on to win the ‘Comedy Circus’ for six consecutive seasons proving that dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. Kapil hosted shows like ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ and ‘Chhote Miyaan’ grabbing every opportunity to work. From here, his journey to stardom began.
Kapil went on to create his own production house ‘K9 Productions’ and then came to his blockbuster show titled ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil.’ The show gave Kapil immense popularity and made him a household name.
From someone who used to roam on the streets of Mumbai, clueless about where to head, to a superstar who has his own set, own production house and personal style of living and winning. Kapil, when asked about his success mantra, says, “You should be sincere in your work.” When hard work meets sincerity, it is a deadly combination. The burden of dreams may be heavy, but the habit of seeing them shouldn’t stop. Just make yourself comfortable with your goal, it would not feel like a burden.
"Success needs to be handled with care."
When all is going well, then you need to prepare yourself for some twists. With issues emerging out of his hit show ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil,’ his story took a bump, but he knew how to make a strong comeback. ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ was his next venture, another super hit show. Kapil also stepped into Bollywood with his hit film “Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karoon.” Following that, he won several awards including ITA, Guild and Golden Petal Awards. It was a clear indication that whatever he was touching turned to gold.
But then again tables turned when show shut down due to his behavioural issues and health concerns. However, the right thing was he accepted his mistakes and sincerely apologized to the people concerned. No better a sign to tell how a person is from inside.
It was again time for some life lessons, Kapil went into depression. People believed that it was the end of his successful career, a star born out of difficulties was about to fade into the clouds of darkness. It was a hard time. He stayed away from all social media platforms, escalating concerns about his ‘The End.’ But ‘picture Abhi baaki hai mere dost,’ Kapil Sharma is about to make a grand comeback to the small screen. This habit of falling but not forever is the key to success.
Flaws are in everyone; it depends on you if you fix them or repeat them. With Kapil rising after every fall, he must have realized how difficult it is to sustain success. But wait, can difficult things stop him? Or can they stop you? Neither.
Life is meant to accept your faults and move on to become a better person, and that's what Kapil Sharma did. He is now a superstar who has marked his place as the most successful comedian of India.
His journey is more of an inspirational documentary that leaves everyone being emotional and motivated at the same time.
"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride- and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards." - Bear Bryant