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The lighter side of life

Investment banker turned comedian Rasik Chopra talks about why he chose to tickle people’s funny bone

art and culture Updated: Mar 10, 2012 00:40 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

Stand up comedy seems to be attracting even the corporate types these days. Rasik Chopra, an investment banker turned comedian, is ready with his first one man show at the India habitat Centre this weekend. The show is autobiographical, tracking Chopra’s journey from childhood to the present. “I have a very dark sense of humour. Even if I’m in a tragic situation, I can’t help seeing it’s humorous side. In fact, the darkest tragedy brings out the best humour in me,” says Chopra.

But how did an investment banker end up being a comedian? “Writing and being on stage had always attracted me, but the callings of a stable financial life took over during college. After working for 15 years in the United States and earning lots of money, I realised that this was not what I really wanted to do. I did the ‘mad’ thing of taking a month’s break and found that I could not stop writing,” says Chopra, 34. “I then gave the ultimate shock to my family by quitting my job and coming to India to experiment and re-discover my passion,” he adds.

Chopra admits that comedy itself happened to him by fluke. “I came to India one year ago to make films and started the company — Good One Yaar. After uploading some short comedy films on YouTube, I got encouraged by the response of viewers and started taking comedy seriously,” he says. Chopra shot about 18 short films in four months. Some of his films, such as, Mein Teri Ma Nu Kiven Milya, a spoof on the popular English show How I Met Your Mother, and, Katrina Kaif Training Academy, received a good response from people.

“Theatre is my first love. I believe that performing a joke in front of a live audience is the ultimate test for a comedian,” says Chopra. However, he refuses to term his show as stand-up comedy and prefers to call it ‘comedy theatre’. “It took a lot of courage for me to put up my biggest faults, mistakes up there on stage and laugh at them. At the same time, it is very empowering,” says Chopra.

Catch him live

What: Family Jewels, ‘one man comedy show’

Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

WHEN: 7.30pm, March 11 Entry: R100, R250, R350

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First Published: Mar 09, 2012 19:39 IST