Sunil Grover: From Gutthi to playing Chutki in new show ‘Mad In India’

Sunil Grover aka Guthi on transforming into another small-town female character for his show and the challenges of doing comedy in India.

“Kapil-Guthi, Guthi-Kapil, Kapil-Audience, Audience-Kapil…,” became her trademark way of introducing guests. “Kapil-Guthi, Guthi-Kapil, Kapil-Audience, Audience-Kapil…,” became her trademark way of introducing guests.
Written by Somya Lakhani | Updated: January 31, 2014 11:47 am

Chutki wears bright salwar-kameez, cheap perfume, funky, blue shades and two plaits. Her body language defines the typical small-town girl and her Punjabi accented broken English make her likeable. You may remember her as Guthi (from Comedy Nights with Kapil). In real life, Guthi (Sunil Grover) is a sharp dresser with chiseled features, and has a deep, husky voice.

Sunil Grover’s drag comedy act in ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ on Colors won him many accolades a few months ago. He became the life of the chat show. “Kapil-Guthi, Guthi-Kapil, Kapil-Audience, Audience-Kapil…,” became her trademark way of introducing guests. And then one day, Grover quit the show when he was at the peak of popularity, to the disappointment of his fans. However, he soon announced his next interview-based comedy show with actors Manish Paul and Dolly Ahluwalia, titled Mad in India on Star Plus, where he plays Chutki.

In Delhi to promote the show, Grover gave a glimpse into Chutki’s world, which is oddly similar to Guthi’s. Probe him about leaving Comedy Nights…and he says, “It’s such an old question, I don’t want to talk about it. It was a difficult decision but I was compelled to take it.”

About the similarity between Chutki and Guthi, Grover highlights the differences in his characteristic wit. “They are different — one uses a three-blade razor, the other uses a two-blade razor,” he says, adding, “There are differences but the objective is the same — to make people laugh.”

While Guthi’s character catapulted Grover to fame, it is not his first outing as an actor. The 36-year-old from Mandi Dabwali, Haryana, did his Masters in Theatre from Panjab University, followed by a stint in professional theatre and in 2003, he shifted to Mumbai. “My friends lived there. We had money and lived in a plush flat and then one day the money got over and I had to work. I shifted to a 1BHK and began doing voice overs. This is when Sud also happened,” reminisces Grover. Sud is one of Grover’s more famous characters, which was created for the radio. “Mumbai was a culture shock.

Back home, everyone is family, while here the meaning of attachments and personal space is very different,” he says. It was while hosting a show on Star One in 2009 that Grover suggested the character of a small-town girl to the producers and since then, he has been playing it, and finally perfected it as Guthi. “I am from a small town and being a man, I am interested in women. So, obviously I observed the girls in Mandi Dabwali and this is how they were. It comes very naturally to me,” he says. (See Pics:   Sunil Grover aka Gutthi is back on TV in a new avatar)

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