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'Sunil Grover is a very poor team player'

September 05, 2020 12:55 IST

'Sunil Grover has only three concerns while shooting: I, me and myself.'

Photograph: Kind courtesy Shilpa Shinde/Facebook

The cold war between Gangs Of Filmistaan co-stars Sunil Grover and Shilpa Shinde has intensified after Shilpa lashed out against Sunil for trying to hog the limelight.

"He is such a popular and fine comedian, but a very poor team player," Shilpa tells Subhash K Jha.

"He tries to take over the show. That's not how comedy works. Comedy is a matter of give and take. Sunilji cares about no co-artiste. He has only three concerns while shooting: I, me and myself."

"As far as he is concerned, the rest of the team is irrelevant. Why would I want to work with someone so self-obsessed?"

Shilpa says she had refused the show initially when she heard Sunil Grover was part of it.

"When the producers approached me, I told them I'd be no part of any show featuring Sunilji. You see, I have experienced his selfish work ethics. We did a live comedy show Dan Dana Dan in 2018. There, I got my first experience of Sunilji's mode of working."

"He would take over all the gags and jokes and the rest of us would be left looking like junior artistes. Why would I want to work with him again?"


IMAGE: Shilpa Shinde and Sunil Grover in Gangs Of Filmistaan.

So why did she say yes to Gangs Of Filmistaan?

"Because the producers told me I wouldn't have to shoot with Sunil Grover. They lied to me. When I reached the sets, there was only Grover everywhere. All of us became incidental."

"This is not what one expects from someone of his experience. He needs to learn some lessons in grace dignity and the team spirit."

In contrast, Shilpa says Kapil Sharma plays the game in the true team spirit.

"Everyone on The Kapil Sharma Show is given a voice. Kapil gives every artist space and respect. That's why is he is Kapil Sharma."