Laughing his way to glory is 28-year-old Minto, who bested four finalists before emerging as the winner of television comedy show, Laughter Da Master 2, the grand finale of which was held at Khalsa College in Amritsar on Thursday night.
Evincing excitement on winning the title, Minto, who hails from Gurdaspur, says he wants to stick to this field and make a mark as a stand-up comedian. Having performed at youth festivals of various universities as well as plays, Minto says he has always enjoyed performing on stage. “I never get nervous on stage. Even during the grand finale, I was completely comfortable. Besides, since I am a former student of Khalsa College, it felt like performing at home,” adds Minto, who did MSc in Botany from Khalsa College.
Tracing his journey, Minto recalls the efforts of his college professors who motivated him to venture in this field. He then represented his college in youth festival organised by Guru Nanak Dev University for three years and has even done theatre with noted theatre director Kewal Dhaliwal.
With his impeccable performance at the grand finale, Minto had the three-judge-panel (comprising MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, actor Upasana Singh and Vindu Dara Singh) in splits. Appropriately, he won prize money worth R1 lakh and a car.
Having cleared the first step of his ‘comic’ journey, Minto says he now wishes to grow more with every step and earn a name in the field. “I wish to stick to this field. Nowadays, Punjabi cinema is growing substantially and it needs talented people. So, I am sure I have a bright future. And not just Punjabi, I want to be a part of even English and Hindi films,” he says.
When it comes to his favourite actors, Hollywood actor Jim Carrey features at the top of his list, while stand-up comedians Kapil Sharma Sanjeev Attri and Sudesh Lehri are also much loved by him. Minto’s word of advice for all those wishing to make a mark in the field is to be honest to the job. “People who are true to their work and honest in their approach always make a mark. For such people, there is never dearth of work,” he signs off.