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Comedy is similar to marriage, says Cyrus Barocha

Navleen Kaur Lakhi , Hindustan Times   October 23, 2013
First Published: 11:05 IST(23/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:08 IST(23/10/2013)

Being constantly witty is no walk in the park; or so one would think till they meet Cyrus Broacha. It makes you wonder though, of the shop he buys his daily dose of humour from.

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Coincidently, Cyrus comes to Chandigarh on the day of Karvachauth, Tuesday. And thus, the conversation begins: “I don’t know how these women stay hungry for so many hours. I hope they are all blessed with the handsome husbands they aim for,” says he, being typically Cyrus.

The festival, however, is not celebrated by Parsis. “Oh! My wife would have had double the breakfast. No one listens to me at home. From not letting me use the bathroom to making sure everything is in its place — I have to take orders from everyone.”

So, does the better-half have the upper hand? “You see, there is no second hand. There’s only one hand. I have no choice but to listen to what she says.”

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For someone who has been married for 12 years, Cyrus has a different take on the concept of marriage. “Marriages should be like elections. We should have a democratic right to vote for or against it every four to five years, in order to review the individual’s situation. Each member of the family should come to a conclusion, should things not work out.”

About the state of comedy in India, Cyrus believes the field has grown in the past seven to eight years. “Today, we come across toilet humour quite often, besides of course, sexual content. The market for stand-up comedy has also grown marginally. Movies such as a Grand Masti were as dirty as an American movie. The progress is good in many ways, but two terrains — religion and
personalities — are far, far away from humour. Ethnicity is another touchy area. We have not evolved to enjoy such humour yet.”

Any awkward moments in the profession? “I was at a hospital a few days ago, visiting a critically ill family member. The ward boys, however, started saying, ‘Oh, Bakra wala aa gaya kisi ka bakra banane’. I came very close to losing my cool, but at the same time, I didn’t want to be rude,” recalls he.

Currently a ‘love’ columnist for HT Café, Mumbai, Cyrus says Indians’ love problems haven’t changed over the years. “About 50% of the questions I get today are the same as 10 years ago. Men still want to know how to approach a girl. Our romantic heroes are to be blamed for that, maybe.”

About Punjabis and Parsis being bound by the common thread of humour, Cyrus says, “During college in Mumbai, we had a group called Parsi Sikh Confederation, as they were the only groups in minority. Both communities share the love for food and drinks, the natural confidence they gain by being loud, and of course, the fights on hearing the words ‘last order’.”

For those hoping to see him as a politician, Cyrus says, “Who would go out rallying for such long hours? Politicians work for 22 hours and sleep for two; I want to work for two hours and sleep for 22. Doing comedy is easy. It’s nothing but criticising something and later apologising for it; it’s very similar to marriage.” Cyrus, however, is writing a book that would ‘mirror Indian politicians’. Expect the book to be out before the 2014 general elections.

About his upcoming projects, he says, “We are coming up with a show on MTV inspired by Kapil Sharma’s show; ours would be worse.” And, being typically him, adds, “Tabhi toh piche set jalaya na uska…”

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