Kapil Sharma
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Stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma's "Comedy Nights With Kapil" has been one of the successful shows on television. The 60-minute comic caper, which airs every weekend, quickly went on to become a reputed platform for filmmakers to promote their work. Superstars and TV actors, who mostly feature in the second segment of the show, swear by its popularity.

Meant for family audiences, the show on most occasions stays within its limits of adult humour. However, Sharma's scripts are sometimes laced with oblique sexual content. Known for its gags and perfectly-timed performances, "Comedy Nights With Kapil" has now made the headlines for a completely different reason.

Sharma, reportedly, has refused to promote "Hate Story 2" on his show as the film has explicit content in it.

"They refused to integrate with Hate Story 2 as they felt that the subject of the film was risqué and bold. The film folk were told that CNWK is meant for family audiences, but at the same time Kapil cracks jokes with sexual innuendos on the show," said a source. "As Jay and Surveen are TV actors, the film's makers felt that it was a good way to promote their show. But they were taken aback when their request was turned down," Mid Day quoted a source.

The twist in the story is, Sharma, according reports, had earlier expressed his disinterest in having adult star-turned-actress Sunny Leone on the show as well. He later changed his mind and had her and Ekta Kapoor as guests prior to the release of "Ragini MMS 2".

"Hate Story 2", an erotic thriller directed by Vishal Pandya, stars TV actors Jay Bhanushali and Surveen Chawla. Releasing on July 18, the movie has already created a good amount of buzz owing to its racy posters and intimate music videos. While the Censor Board's reservations are perceivable, comedian Kapil Sharma's hesitation is a mystery to be solved.