Kapil Sharma's journey: How a police constable's son became TV's most-loved comedian

Updated: 25 September, 2020 11:33 IST | Nikita Wagh
  • Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma shot to fame after winning the comedy reality TV show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007.

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Kapil recalls how his elder brother was married with minimum ostentation. "During the time when my brother married, I had not started earning well. We just went as a small baraat (wedding procession) and got bhabhi (sister-in-law) home. But by the time my sister got married, I had begun to earn well. So we had a fairly large wedding. It was lavish by our standards."

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma, who was also a part of Sony's Comedy Circus, went on to host a dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6.

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  • Kapil Sharma

    In 2013, Kapil Sharma launched his own show Comedy Nights with Kapil under his banner K9 Productions on Colors. After the end of Comedy Nights with Kapil, Kapil Sharma signed a contract with Sony TV for a new show called The Kapil Sharma Show.

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  • Kapil Sharma

    After garnering a huge fan following with his comedy show, Kapil Sharma took a step ahead and made his Bollywood debut in 2015 with Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon. Though the film didn't work at the Box Office, Kapil tried his hands at acting once again with Firangi in 2017. Sadly, his second film too didn't perform well at the box-office.

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma was born in Amritsar on April 2, 1981. His father, Jeetendra Kumar Punj was a head constable in the Punjab Police, while his mother Janak Rani is a homemaker. Kapil Sharma's father was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 and passed away in 2004 at AIIMS in Delhi. The actor-comedian studied in DAV Public School and later graduated from Khalsa College in Amritsar. Kapil's brother Ashok Kumar Sharma is also a police constable, and they also have a sister - Pooja Pawan. (All photos/mid-day archives, AFP and Kapil Sharma's official Instagram account)

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma got married to his longtime girlfriend Ginni Chatrath on December 12, 2018, in Jalandhar. Opening up on the topic of his marriage, Kapil said, just a few days before his D-Day, "The wedding is on December 12 in Jalandhar. That's Ginni's hometown. We wanted to keep it low key. But Ginni is the only daughter in her family. Her folks wanted the wedding to be on a lavish scale. And I completely understand their sentiments. My mother also wants the wedding to be lavish."

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Talking about his wedding, Kapil Sharma revealed he did not know the number of guests who had turned up for his wedding ceremony. "My wedding venue was hustled with approximately 5,000 people, but when I looked around, I could see about 40-50 people only whom I knew personally," he was quoted as saying in a statement from Sony Entertainment Television.

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  • Ginni Chatratjh, Kapil Sharma and daughter Anayra Sharma

    Kapil Sharma and wife Ginni Chatrath welcomed their first child on December 10, 2019 - a daughter, whom they named Anayra. On January 15, 2020, Kapil shared a glimpse of his daughter on Twitter and wrote - Meet our piece of heart "Anayra Sharma".

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Coming back to his professional life, Kapil Sharma went off the radar after two of his shows ended abruptly back-to-back, courtesy, his degrading health. The comedian was on a detox drive and was on a rehab programme at an ayurvedic ashram in Bengaluru.

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  • Kapil Sharma

    However, Kapil Sharma bounced back and made a comeback on television in 2019. Post Kapil Sharma's break from showbiz after a string of untoward incidents, he finally decided to make a comeback, hoping to spread happiness and laughter once again.

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  • Kapil Sharma with mother

    "People have given a lot of love to me. They used to ask me, 'When is your show coming back?' and they asked the same question to the channel (Sony Entertainment Television) as well. And so, the channel told me, 'Let's make a new season'," Kapil told IANS in a candid chat as he sat down to discuss his life choices and marriage.

    In picture: Kapil Sharma with his mother Janak Rani holidaying in London.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Sunil Grover with mother

    "I feel everyone fights someday or the other. We are public figures and that is why our fights make it to the papers. But I feel everyone has fought once in life -- be it within the family, business or workspace. Small-small things keep on happening. But since we are public figures, these things become news in our case," he said in an interview in early 2019.

    In picture: Kapil Sharma with his mother Janak Rani and Sunil Grover at a restaurant.

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  • Kapil Sharma with mother

    His drinking habits, temperament, love life, his newly-acquired high-handedness and making his guests wait for long hours - all led to Kapil Sharma's poor PR. It also brought his show Family Time With Kapil Sharma to an abrupt end. "It is a learning experience. I feel we learn till our last breath. Main 'nalayak' students mein se ek hun toh mein thoda late seekhta hun (I am one of the unintelligent students, so I am a slow learner)."

    In picture: Kapil Sharma shared this photo with his mother Janak Rani on the occasion of Mother's Day.

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  • Kapil Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan

    "I hope to make people laugh and I hope for good things," added Kapil, who was in Delhi to promote his production venture, a Punjabi film, Son of Manjeet Singh, in November 2018. Talking about his break, the actor said, "I gave an ample amount of time to myself during the break. I am rejuvenated. Now I'm working on my health. I want to get fit now and be back on the small screen."

    In picture: Kapil Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan during the promotions of Dilwale.

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  • Kapil Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan

    Kapil Sharma has learnt his lesson. "Health is wealth... People don't just say it for the sake of it. It is genuinely true and I have realised that. I didn't give much importance to my health. There was no fixed time to eat for me. But now I will try to focus on my health while working," he added.

    In picture: Kapil Sharma with his mom Janak Rani and Shah Rukh Khan on the sets of his show.

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  • Kapil Sharma and Aamir Khan

    We take a look at some more candid pictures of Kapil Sharma:

    Kapil Sharma's fan moment with Aamir Khan at the Dangal success party. He captioned the photo, "#aamirkhan #dangalsuccessparty #Fanmoment" [sic].

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  • Kapil Sharma with Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh

    Kapil Sharma with Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan during the promotions of Dear Zindagi.

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  • Kapil Sharma with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    Kapil Sharma with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the promotions of Jazbaa.

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  • Kapil Sharma made Amitabh Bachchan pout

    When Kapil Sharma made Amitabh Bachchan pout for the camera.

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  • Kapil Sharma with Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma

    Kapil Sharma with Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma during the promotions of 'Sultan'.

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  • Kapil Sharma with Ajay Devgn and Kajol

    Kapil Sharma with Bollywood's power couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol during the promotions of Shivaay. He captioned the picture, "My favourite #AjayDevgan and #Kajol celebrating Diwali with us on #TKSS. :))) keep laughing - HAPPY DIWALI [sic]".

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  • Kapil Sharma with our 'desi girl' Priyanka Chopra

    Kapil Sharma with our 'desi girl' Priyanka Chopra on the sets of his show. He wrote alongside the picture, "Watch our Desi international superstar @priyankachopra on #tkss now .. thanks for coming PC .. love u n always proud of u #SonyTV [sic]".

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  • Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma with the team of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor

    Kapil Sharma with 'Tamasha' co-stars Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of his show.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh

    Kapil Sharma with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh during the promotions of Bajirao Mastani.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Hrithik Roshan

    Hrithik Roshan during the promotions of 'Kaabil' on Kapil Sharma's show.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan

    Kapil Sharma with Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan during the promotions of 'Gabbar Is Back'.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar

    Kapil Sharma with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at an event.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Rekha

    Kapil Sharma with the eternal beauty Rekha. He captioned the picture, "U can't see anything else when Rekha ji is around.... [sic]"

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  • Kapil Sharma, Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor

    Kapil Sharma with 'Rangoon' co-stars Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor on the sets of his TV show.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor

    Kapil Sharma with 'Befikre' co-stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor. Kapil captioned the photo, "Hope your enjoying the fun with my mad family n my mad brother .. super star @ranveersingh n @_vaanikapoor_ #befikre on #tkss"

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  • Kapil Sharma, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor

    Kapil Sharma with one of Bollywood's most loved couples - late actor Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. He captioned the picture, "The most beautiful n romantic couple on n off screen I hv ever seen. #RishiKapoor Sir n Neetu Kapoor ji. [sic]"

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  • Kapil Sharma, Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Sunil Grover and Ali Asgar

    Kapil Sharma with Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Sunil Grover and Ali Asgar on the sets of his show.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Soha Ali Khan and Neha Dhupia

    Kapil Sharma with Soha Ali Khan and Neha Dhupia on the sets of his TV show.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Elli AvrRam

    When Kapil Sharma met Elli AvrRam on a flight.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Monica Gill, Ishita Dutta and Gurdas Maan

    Kapil Sharma with 'Firangi' team - Monica Gill, Ishita Dutta and Gurdas Maan.

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  • Kapil Sharma poses with Baba Ramdev

    Kapil Sharma poses with Baba Ramdev on the sets of his TV show. He captioned the picture, "Masti with #Babaramdev on #TKSS #SonyTV keep laughing.. n stay happy .. love u all :) [Sic]"

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  • Kapil Sharma imitates Shah Rukh Khan

    Kapil Sharma imitates Shah Rukh Khan's signature pose along with King Khan himself.

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  • Kapil Sharma, Kiku Sharda, Ali Asgar, Sunil Grover, Chandan Prabhakar and Sumona Chakravarti

    Kapil Sharma with the team members of his show - Kiku Sharda, Ali Asgar, Sunil Grover, Chandan Prabhakar and Sumona Chakravarti.

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  • Saina Nehwal with Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma and tennis ace Saina Nehwal on the sets of his TV show.

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  • Sania Mirza and Farah Khan with Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma with BFFs Sania Mirza and Farah Khan on the sets of his TV show.

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  • Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma's journey from a police constable's son to becoming a famous comedian has indeed been an inspiring one!

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About The Gallery

Popular stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma completes 5 years in the film industry on September 25, 2020, as his Bollywood debut Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon hit theatres on the same day in 2015. Here's a look at his inspiring journey from being a police constable's son to becoming one of the most successful and loved stars on television.

First Published: 11 December, 2018 14:40 IST