In a tweet two days ago, posted after Kapil Sharma had publicly apologised, Sunil Grover accused his co-star of 'acting like God.' He didn't elaborate on this charge but Hindustan Times' source claims, "Kapil was visibly drunk. When the food was being served by the cabin crew, his team started to eat. This angered Kapil, who was still finishing his drink." The source claims that when Mr Grover tried to intervene and calm Mr Sharma down, the comedian turned savagely on him. Kapil got up, took off his shoe, and hit Sunil. He also pulled Sunil's collar, and repeatedly slapped him," Hindustan Times quoted the source as saying. The source also claims that Mr Sharma told his other co-stars that he could end their careers at will and taunted Mr Grover for having quit his previous show Comedy Nights With Kapil and then returning to the current programme, The Kapil Sharma Show.
Whether or not Sunil Grover will continue on the show is not clear yet. Various news portals - Times Of India and The Quint included - have reported that Mr Grover has quit and will not return on any condition. There is, however, no official confirmation of this. Mr Grover is reported to not have filmed the episode of The Kapil Sharma Show that was recorded on Monday - some of his co-stars were allegedly not at the shoot either. There are conflicting reports on this - some media outlets have suggested that the actors, among them Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar, skipped the shoot in solidarity with Sunil Grover. However, it also appears that the episode being canned did not require the presence of the actors who were not there.
No official statement has been made by the makers of The Kapil Sharma Show or the channel that airs it, Sony. Mr Grover told NDTV that he would speak on the matter later - he is believed to be under contractual obligations.
Here are the only public statements that Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover have posted on their social media accounts, in chronological order:
Paji @WhoSunilGrover sry if I hurt u unintentionally.u knw vry well how much I luv u. M also upset .love n regards always:)? KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) March 20, 2017
@WhoSunilGrover paji dil jitt liya tusi.. now I love u more n more n more .. hun bada mazaa aan wala a.. akal aan to baad.. I love u.? KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) March 21, 2017
@WhoSunilGrover today packed up at 6 am after so long n I missed so many things.. love u .. see u in evening at ur home? KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) March 21, 2017
Sunil Grover plays the characters Rinku Bhabhi and Dr Mashoor Gulati on The Kapil Sharma Show. He played the character Gutthi on the previous show, Comedy Nights With Kapil.