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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

As a thin girl, I wouldn’t be doing this well: Bharti Singh

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 20, 2014
First Published: 19:57 IST(20/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:02 IST(20/1/2014)

Following a meteoric rise in popularity, Bharti Singh is overwhelmed by the love and appreciation she is receiving not only from the audiences but also from many superstars.

The comedienne, whose USP is her ability to joke about herself, talks about her career graph, how marriage isn’t on her agenda for at least the next three years, and her desire to have a show of her own.

In a short span of five years, you have come a long way. How does it feel when you look back at your journey now?
Laughter Challenge gave me recognition but Comedy Circus (CC) gave me fame. I thank God for everything. From being a common girl to becoming special, it’s been a happy process.

Earlier, in Amritsar, I could eat at a roadside stall. Today, I can’t do that, but there’s fun in that too. It feels amazing when not only your audience, buy also stars recognise you. When they greet me with a smile, it feels like I'm receiving medals.

What was the turning point of your life? Where does marriage fit in your scheme of things?
My life is like Cinderella's story. I’ve no qualms about being fat or being called fat because if I wasn’t fat, I don’t think I would be doing this well. I’m not even thinking of marriage for the next three years. CC is my extended family and we all get together post shoot and have a blast. So perhaps with work and such good friends, I never felt the need for a boyfriend.

Like your colleagues Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover, do you feel you too should have a show of your own?
Today, CC isn’t faring that well in ratings as it used to, and though I’ve been offered solo shows, I’ve turned them down as I can’t leave CC abruptly. In the future, I would love to have a show of my own, but I will never compete with CC. As for Kapil, he is very talented and deserves all the success. Kapil, Sudesh Lahiri and Ajit Thakur are my teachers as they used to judge acts during my college days. Sharing stage with them is a huge honour for me.

Have you ever been offered serious roles on TV?
No one ever offers me one. I wish to do a dramatic role with serious shades, but when I do anything like that, people start laughing. So I think I will stick to comedy.

Quick five
An actor you feel is popular
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Sakshi Tanwar. I used to watch her as a kid and, even today, she’s doing so well. Her acting is believable. I am her fan.

A show you currently like on TV.
Comedy Nights With Kapil as everyone watches it, including me.

A question you have been asked numerous times.
“When will you star in a show of your own?” When I do it, I want to do it out of my own will and not due to any kind of pressure. 

A question you never want to answer.
When will you lose weight?

A habit you want to change.
Eating parathas for breakfast.

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