In the last few years, Kapil Sharma has managed to establish himself not only as a stand-up comedian, but also as an anchor and actor. It's safe to say, he is the most popular and loved personality on Indian television. If you thought he had it easy, you must know that his stardom is the result of a decade's struggle. This is a man we know, but a journey we don't.

As Kapil Sharma turns 36, we thought a brief chronicle of his phenomenal rise is worth looking at.

His early days
Born into a middle class family in Amritsar, Kapil Sharma was creatively inclined since his teenage years. The sudden demise of his father in 2004, meant that he had to support his family. He became the sole breadwinner at a young age. He went from working in a cloth mill to running a PCO booth and even gathering soft drink crates. No job was too small for him. He did manage to turn his life around after all.

Despite having a life filled with gloom, he decided to follow his dreams.

Kapil had a flair for comedy, but was more inclined towards theatre and took part in many events during his college days. He says that comedy happened to him by accident.

Sharma made his first appearance on Indian television with a Punjabi comedy show titled Hasde Hasande Ravo. In 2007, he auditioned for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge from Amritsar and got rejected. This did not stop him. He tried his luck again at the Delhi auditions. Not only did he get selected, but he also ended up winning the show. He was awarded INR 10 lakh, which he used for his sister's wedding. Kapil fondly remembers it as being the most lavish wedding his family had ever seen.

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The makers of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge saw immense potential in Kapil and they called him to do Comedy Circus, which went on to become widely popular. He appeared in six seasons of the show and won all of them.

Kapil’s comic talent was noticed by many show-runners who decided to give him a chance at hosting television shows. Kapil hosted Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6 and a comedy show for young stand-up comedians called Chhote Miyan.

Comedy Nights with Kapil, Bollywood and more
After receiving much fame for his brilliant comic timing all around, he decided to come up with his own comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil in 2013, which became the most-popular TV show internationally. His “Babaji ka Thullu” and his spontaneous one-liners became a rage across the globe. He managed to rope in all B-town biggies. The show, really did make him a star. After a successful two-and-a-half year stint, however, Comedy Nights With Kapil came to an end. Then came The Kapil Sharma Show.

Comedy Night with Kapil - BookMyShow

After having ruled TV for a few years, he made his Bollywood debut with Abbas-Mustan's film, Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015), which earned a decent INR 50 crore at the box-office.

Kapil's inimitable talent made him CNN IBN’s Indian of the Year. He has also featured on The Forbes India Celebrity 100 list not once, but four times.

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Stardom and controveries go hand-in-hand
Recently, Kapil Sharma has been shrouded in controversy. Especially, after his recent tiff with ex-colleague Sunil Grover. Some reports even suggest that the impressions of The Kapil Sharma Show have witnessed a sharp fall.

Sunil Grover - BookMyShow

We sincerely hope, things get better for the birthday boy.