Govinda ditches Krushna, says he’s making money by insulting others

Govinda ditches Krusha, says he's making money by insulting others
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The Mama-Bhatija jodi of Govinda and Krushna Abhishek is clearly not as close-knit as it used to be, after the veteran actor ditched his nephew and decided to appear on a rival show.

Krusha is the host of ‘Comedy Nights Live’, which replaced Kapil Sharma’s show on the same channel. After his oust, Kapil started his own show titled ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ on a different channel and the two shows have been locked in a battle over ratings ever since.

Speaking about the development, a hurt Krushna told TOI, “Somehow our dates didn’t seem to match. I messaged him again four days ago, but to my shock, I learnt that he and his wife were shooting with Kapil on Wednesday. I was aghast as I expected him to support his nephew”. Krusha had reportedly been asking Govinda to appear on his show since the last 3 months.

According to Krushna, Govinda is upset with him over a joke he had cracked on his show, “I cracked a joke saying ‘Maine Govinda ko apna mama rakha hai’ (I have kept Govinda as my uncle) on my show, which did not go down well with him. I tried to reason with him saying that it wasn’t in bad taste. In fact, it only raises my status by calling him my mama. It wasn’t derogatory at all. I have no qualms on being addressed as Govinda’s nephew; it is like my second identity. A star is free to go on other shows, but being family, I expected him to come to my show first. He is behaving like a superstar now and not my Chi Chi mama.”

When the daily contacted the actor for a statement, he was quoted saying, “Krushna has been making money by insulting others on television. I was extremely upset with the ‘Mama rakha hai’ remark and summoned him home. I told him that he should refrain from making such statements in the garb of gags as they could be humiliating. But Sunita told me to let him work and I relented as that’s how he is making money. I am used to reading good, bad and ugly things about myself, but it’s annoying to have a family member making a personal interaction public. That’s unacceptable. I can’t trust him anymore.”

The ‘Partner’ actor also revealed, “I have seen the way Krushna roasts the Khans — Salman and Shah Rukh. He is very respectful. He respects the ‘good’ time of a person and not the artiste. Maybe, I will go on his show when my time is good. I can’t change my nature overnight to suit the format of a show. I understand that’s his professional hazard, but I can’t be a part of it.”

When the reporter asked if the actor will ever appear on the show, he added, “I may, but I will charge a hefty price for it; probably triple the money I charge normally. I want him to feel the pinch. I would also like to insult him and his team back on the show to give them a taste of their own medicine (laughs).”

He further remarked, “I appeared on his show two years ago to promote my music album and found the script too insulting. It seemed as if Krushna wanted to say that my time is over and I should rather retire. Later, I hired the services of a writer working with him to work on my home production. The writer backed out at the last minute saying that he is making more money working with Krushna. I don’t understand the jealousy when we are not competitors.”

Quotes from Times of India article

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