Stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari will leave you rolling on the floor with his deadpan humour, especially when the US-based funny man of Indian origin comes to unravelling his Bollywood aspirations. “I’d love to do a Bollywood action movie. Maybe, it could be about me driving an auto that has been souped up with machine guns and let’s hope that I’m fine with it,” the comic-turned-actor tells us over telephone from LA.
Ask if the 28-year-old has seen any Indian movies and Ansari, who “speaks a little bit of Tamil at home” says, “I’ve seen some Tamil movies with my parents when I was a kid, but I don’t remember the names.”
As of now, the actor is busy bagging kudos for his role as actor Jesse Eisenberg’s Indian pal Chet in their latest flick, 30 Minutes or Less, which hit Indian screens on Friday.
A self-confessed workaholic, Ansari says he is unaware about the politics in the country, but has his own take on dealing with the problems here, if he was ever made a political leader in India. “I’m not really a political person. I’d probably bail out of my job and run around finding some good chicken korma and idli-appam,” he says.
So, does he ever visit India? “Oh yes, I’ve been there several times and I’m coming back in December to see the family. But I have to take a (exploring) trip to India because usually when I come, I end up visiting my family all the time. So maybe, this time, I’ll try and become a tourist to explore the country,” he says.
More on Ansari
Full name: Aziz Ansari
Debut: TV — Flight of the Conchords (2007);
Films — School for Scoundrels (2006)
Known for — stand up comedy, Human Giant, Parks and Recreation, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening
Most famous character: Randy Springs in Funny People
Latest flick: 30 Minutes or Less
Future projects: Let’s Do This