‘I was getting anxiety attacks’: Kapil opens up on health issues, outburst at Sunil

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The actor-comedian opens up on his fall from grace following ugly fight with co-star and cancellation of TV show shoots.

Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover.

 Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover.

Mumbai: From getting into a scuffle with co-star Sunil Grover to cancelling shoots with Bollywood biggies such as Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor, comedian Kapil Sharma has been going through a low phase since the beginning of this year.

The actor-comedian, however, has now said that his behavioural issues were due to his hectic work schedule.

“I have hurt myself a lot, and I think three more months will pass for me to recover completely. People ask me about my fight with Sunil, and I agree it was my fault, he felt I should not be talking in abusive language to anyone, if he would have asked me why I shouted and abused I would have told him. By the way he also shouted at me,” Kapil said.

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of his upcoming film ‘Firangi’.

Kapil said he never had a major fight with Sunil, but things were blown out of proportion. He said he still respects Sunil and would like to collaborate with him again.

“Something did happen, but a lot was said. There was no fight with Sunil. I love him and I like to work with best people. I was a bit irritated. Whatever has happened, I still love him.

“I wanted him to launch the trailer of our film. I told him to come for the trailer launch, but he is in Canada for a show. I think if he would have been here, he would have surely come.”

Kapil revealed that the reason for his mood swings during the Australia tour was a sudden demise of one of the artistes working on his film ‘Firangi’, and a fight between two of his teammates (a girl and Chandan Prabhakar) from the show triggered his anger.

“When we were about to leave for Australia, I saw him (Prabhakar) and I started abusing him and even he abused me. Sunil was around when this happened and he was worried for me. I have known Sunil since nine years, he is a good artiste and I have no complaints against him. If I was in Sunil’s place, I would have at least asked ‘What is wrong with you? Why are you behaving weird?'”

“I was disturbed. When you have a huge team with you, you have to manage a lot of things, and I am not good at it,” he added.

Kapil said he was upset with the negative stories about him in the media.

“I fail to understand who are these sources who pass such (wrong) news… I used to not sleep for days as I was busy shooting for my film and the show.

“After the shooting for the film wrapped up, I read thousands of news about me in two months. I am an impulsive person, and I can’t change that, but I am clean from within.”

Kapil said he went into depression after reading a lot of stories about him online.

“I was getting anxiety attacks. There were reports about me not shooting with Shah Rukh Khan, the truth is he was supposed to come on the sets at 7:00 pm and I was present there since 2:00 pm, at 8:00 pm, I felt I would not be able to shoot, I can’t perform on stage.”

The comedian said continuous work and negative stories started taking a toll on his health and he had to seek medical assistance to come out of it. The actor added that people from the industry supported him a lot during his tough times.

“Anil Kapoor told me if I am not well, we will not shoot, even Shah Rukh came to meet me again and told me to take rest. I took a break and went to Bangalore and underwent treatment. When I came back, I used to lock myself in the room and drink a lot, I was not able to handle or manage things,” he said.

‘Firangi’, which marks Kapil’s second big screen outing after ‘Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon’, is set to release on November 10.

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