It is rather ironic to think how veteran actors who played iconic roles in one of the most cult shows ever Mahabharat are currently having a Mahabharat of sorts between themselves out in the media. The appearance of a chunk of the cult Mahabharat cast on The Kapil Sharma Show Season 2 has now turned into a talking point.
It all began with actor Mukesh Khanna not only refusing to come on the show but also commenting on the quality of Kapil’s show and why he chose to not be a part of the reunion on it.
This was then reciprocated by Gajendra Chauhan, who appeared on the show saying that Khanna was saying all this as he wasn't invited on the show and even referred to him as a 'flop actor' who does not have a PhD in Mahabharat. This has especially not gone down well with the rest of the team where actor Nitish Bharadwaj, who played Krishna in the show opened up on the same in an interview with Bombay Times.
He said, "Five of us, who comprise the top cast of the show, are extremely unhappy with what is going on between Mukesh Khanna and Gajendra Chauhan. Firstly, I feel that every person is entitled to his or her views. If Mukesh had a view on Kapil Sharma’s show, it is his view, and if anyone has the right to react, then it should be Kapil and his team. Why is Gajendra talking on Kapil’s behalf or defending his show?”
He added, "“It is Mukesh’s view or choice why he did not want to be a part of the show. There was no need to belittle him or deride him and indulge in personal slander. Mukesh’s role as Bhishma Pitamah has surpassed all his other roles, and he played it to perfection.”
He also said that he finds this battle distasteful, “It is not in good taste to comment on anyone’s performance or career. We have all seen how Gajendra has performed in films, politics and also, as FTII chairman. By commenting on Mukesh and his knowledge and performance, he is only venting out his frustration. All these years, the actors of 'Mahabharat' have never been embroiled in any controversy, and we should maintain that decorum. All of us may not agree with Mukesh’s views, too, but this kind of personal slander was not required.”
The episode saw Nitish Bharadwaj, Gajendra Chauhan, Arjun, Gufi Paintal and Puneet Issar coming in on the show.