“It’s Not Easy To Sit On A Sofa For 6-7 Hours & Listen To Every Joke”: Archana Puran Singh

Almost 2 years ago, Archana Puran Singh stepped in to replace Navjot Singh Sidhu on ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. But after Sidhu recently quit as Punjab Congress Chief, memes on Archana’s probable reaction to the news went viral online. Many memes joked that Sidhu may return to the show and reclaim his role.

Addressing this issue, TOI reports Archana saying, “This is a joke that’s cracked on me for many years now. I don’t care and I don’t take it seriously at all. And if Sidhu would seriously re-enter the show in my place, I will have many other things to do, which I have refused in the past few months.”

Speaking of work she’s had to refuse, she elaborates, “Since I am shooting for two days in a week for the show, I can’t take up any assignment, which is out of Mumbai or India. In the past few months, I got several opportunities to shoot in London and other foreign countries but I had to say a no because of my commitment to the show.”

When probed about the perception that she is allegedly being paid Rs 10 lakh per episode on the show just to laugh, she says, “Kapil’s show writers come up with all kinds of jokes and I can’t help but laugh at them because they are funny. It is a task to come up with gags everyday and keep the show running for the last 10 years.

She continues, “But all those who feel I don’t have anything to do in the show should come on the sets to see how it is not easy to sit 6-7 hours in a particular position, facing the stage. I have to constantly sit in an angle for 4-7 hours on that sofa and face the stage, listen to every joke that’s cracked and then react to it.”

Archana further explains, “Every time we don’t take up an assignment to do something meaty and serious. Sometimes, an actor does want to have some fun and enjoy good humour and Kapil Sharma’s show gives me that. I enjoy reacting to their gags and at the same time laugh at myself, too.”


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