In the last few months, whenever the name of Kapil Sharma has hit headlines, mostly, it hasn’t been for good reasons. The Punjabi, who entered the television industry and changed the face of comedy, has suddenly turned into a divisive star, who attracts controversies like a magnet. From his war with Colors that led to his show Comedy Nights with Kapil going off air and his mid-air feud with Sunil Grover, Kapil is definitely set to break records when it comes to starting up a storm. But today, as Kapil turns 37, let’s look back and celebrate the artist in him that proves that he is definitely more than being a controversy king.

Born in Amritsar, Kapil lost his father at a young age, and while most in his region dreamt of joining the police force, he harboured dreams of being a singer and so sketched his path towards Mumbai. Being naturally witty and funny, he was destined for bigger things.

In a time, when saas-bahu sagas rocked the small screen, Star One decided to experiment with stand-up comedy with The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007. While Tulsi, Prerna and Parvati made the audience weep, Kapil and many performers like him were put on stage to spread some smiles. Witnessing stand-up for the first time, viewers lapped up the series that was majorly dominated by Punjabis.

Around this time, Kapil also turned entrepreneur and decided to launch his own show Comedy Nights with Kapil in 2013 on Colors. This was the first time that a show of this scale was being launched with a comedian taking centre-stage. He also managed a casting coup signing Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar and Kiku Sharda among others. While all these actors have been in the industry for a long time, the show made them stars overnight. Always being a team player, he gave all his cast mates equal chances to shine on stage, and a lot of them have to thank him for their success. Sunil, for instance, had decided to step out and enjoy an individual game, but failed miserably only to make a swift U-turn.

As he blows off the candles on his birthday cake today, fans and well-wishers around the globe have been hoping he also blows out negativity out of his life, and works hard to bring justice to the talent he has been blessed with. Happy Birthday, Kapil!