BY ANUJ RADIA
In the last couple of months, Sony TV saw itself in a soup after Kapil Sharma unceremoniously pulled out of Family Time with Kapil Sharma, after shooting for three episodes. The comedy star accused his ex-managers Preeti and Neeti Simoes of wanting to extort money from him and also blamed a veteran journalist for reportedly maligning his reputation by publishing negative articles against him.
While Kapil is said to be currently on a break to recover from depression, the channel is all set to launch a bouquet of the high-end show after IPL, with the hope to pull in more numbers. An Indian newspaper recently got into an exclusive chat with the channel’s EVP and Business Head Danish Khan, on Sony’s new offerings, Kapil Sharma, Salman Khan and more.
At the launch of Zindagi Ke Crossroads (which is to be hosted by Ram Kapoor), the daily asked Danish if Sony TV is on a bitter note with Kapil Sharma, to which he responded: “Not at all. It’s really unfortunate that after a couple of episodes his health deteriorated and he had to take a break.
Kapil will always remain a premium talent for Sony and we completely believe in Kapil and his competence. The day he is physically and mentally fit and ready to drive a show, Sony will be more than happy to associate with him.”
He added: “I think its all part of the business and every artist works really hard and goes through a lot of pain and to see them breaking down is sad. It’s only human to give the person space and to recover. Whatever happened, we have taken it on our stride and moved ahead.”
Sony TV is riding high on the non-fiction genre to pull in numbers with the channel announcing Dus Ka Dum, Comedy Circus, Indian Idol and Kaun Banega Crorepati.
After a span of nine years, Salman Khan returns to Sony TV as the host of game-show Dus Ka Dum which airs from 4th June.