Sunil Grover's show Mad In India premired on February 16 amidst lot of speculation and expectations.
After the comedian quit popular TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil over alleged tiff between the two, fans were expecting him to present something novel and entertaining on the new show.
Colors had also issued a warning that Gutthi – Sunil's extremely popular character on Comedy Nights with Kapil – could not be recreated on any other show, necessitating some amount of innovation.
However, the show's first episode failed to make a mark.
To begin with, Mad In India is not Sunil Grover's show, as believed earlier. If anything, it seems like a poorer version of Shekhar Suman's Movers and Shakers, with Manish Paul trying hard to fit into Suman's shoes.
Moving on to the content on the show, most of the gigs and jokes that Manish Paul, Siddharth Jadhav and Sunil Grover tried were way too lame to entertain.
Fans expected Sunil to offer something new on this show, which was touted as his - just as Comedy Nights with Kapil was Kapil Sharma's show on Colors.
Not only did Sunil Grover's Chutki looks like Gutthi, even her speech, mannerisms and body language are similar to those of Gutthi! A complete disappointment if you came in expecting even a few changes.
To make the matters worse, Sunil and Manish tried to pull off jokes that were surprisingly similar to those on Comedy Nights with Kapil. Sadly, even that didn't seem to work for Mad in India.
The only saving grace for Mad in India was the timing of the show. One could watch Comedy Nights wih Kapil just after Chutki's show ended.
The show is set to feature Karisma Kapoor, Mika Singh and Udit Narayan in upcoming episodes.
Much had been said about why Sunil Grover left Kapil Sharma's show Comedy Nights with Kapil. Speculations were rife that Grover, who had his share of fame as Gutthi in Kapil's show, had a fight with the producers. Incidentally, Kapil Sharma is also a producer of the show.
Reports also suggested that Sunil Grover wanted a hike in his payment with the renewal of his contract, which had expired.
None of the reports, however, were ever confirmed. In fact, both Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover went on record to claim that they continued to be best of friends even after the latter quit the show.
Sunil said in an interview, "I want people to watch both the shows. I also want Kapil Sharma to watch my show. He is a valuable aspect of my growth as a comic actor."
Just a few months after Sunil quit the show, Star Plus announced a comedy show with Sunil Grover and Manish Paul, among a few other stand-ups.
Here's what the Twitteratti had to say about the first episode of Mad in India:
@shikhaa578: Mad In India is a gareeb version Of Comedy Nights With Kapil.
@myeDuniya: Mad In India: format similar to Comedy Nights With Kapil
@ShivamChandak1: #MadInIndia is nowhere close to #ComedyNightsWithKapil .. CNWK rules..
@DabanggDiljotG: Saw Mad in India today… didn't find it funny other than Sunil's parts. Sunil should rejoin #CNWK. As for now… #CNWK is the BEST!
@sham786: 'Mad in India' on Star Plus was too boring!