Published On: Sat, May 28th, 2016

Mika Singh: I know the channel is upset, but it wasn’t intentional


Mika Singh is out of ‘Comedy Nights Live’. His recent appearance on rival Kapil Sharma’s show has cost him dearly. The channel airing ‘Comedy Nights Live’ , hosted by Krushna Abhishek , has even sent a notice to Kapil’s production house asking them to refrain from telecasting Mika’s portions.

 However, Mika remains unperturbed with the development. He says, “I am not hurt or disappointed with their decision. No artiste is bigger than the channel and my absence will not cost them much. I know that the channel is upset and I hope things get resolved soon. But I can only say that it wasn’t intentional.”

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The singer claims that like every other artiste, even he went to Kapil’s show and many others to promote his songs in Housefull 3. “Yes, I could have informed the channel, but it needs to be taken into account that I didn’t go to Kapil’s show in place of Sidhuji (Navjot Singh Sidhu) or become a permanent fixture, as I understand that my responsibilities are quite similar to Sidhuji’s on my show. I appeared on Kapil’s show as a celebrity to promote my songs.” But isn’t his appearance on a rival show a conflict of interest? He says, “Every show has a loyal audience and one person can’t affect that. I agree that it could lead to a divided viewership, but people come back to watch their favourite shows. I love both Krushna and Kapil equally and no one is better than the other. They are equally talented. While one infuses dancing in comedy, the other sings to enhance his comedy. I immediately agreed when the channel contacted me to become a part of Krushna’s show because of my equation with them. I was signed on for 26 episodes and I have shot around 15 episodes so far.”

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Does he feel that he has been caught in the war between the channel and Kapil? “I wouldn’t want to comment on their equation. Kapil is like a younger brother and I keep telling him and Krushna that we will party together some day,” he replies.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology