With two episodes of his stand-up comedy show per week and an impending feature-film debut looming over his head, India's No.1 comic entertainer Kapil Sharma is currently going through the most hectic time of his life.
The irregular hours and the erratic schedules have taken their toll on his health.
And now Kapil has a nutritionist accompanying him to all his shootings, as he needs to lose weight for his feature-film debut next month.
Says Kapil, "My schedules have gotten so jampacked that I just snatched sleep and food whenever I could. But I've decided health comes first. I've got a guy to control my food intake. The trouble is, he feeds me boiled vegetables for dinner. But then after that when I'm on my own I end up cheating and snacking on bread and omelette while shooting. So I'm not losing as much weight as I'd like to."
Fortunately Kapil's back problem has been taken care of. "I've been regularly working out and doing back exercises. So the back problem is gone. But nowadays I've a shoulder pain."
Regrettably contrary to plans, the channel has refused to cut down the frequency of Comedy Nights With Kapil by half.
Says Kapil, "The channel says the TRPs will suffer if we cut down the episodes. Luckily for me I got an unexpected reprieve when the first schedule of my film Bank Chor was shifted from April to May. I am racing against time to create a bank of episodes, so I can complete one schedule of Bank Chor without any interruption."
Kapil says he has no time for himself. "My mother calls to complain I don't call her. How do I explain to her that I don't know whether I am coming or going?"