CelebsPick: My boldest joke ever!
Five comics reveal the prickliest topics they’ve touched upon in their routineUpdated: Jun 08, 2019 23:20 IST
All about my mother
“I do a set called ‘Meri Maa Ki’, which is inspired by a true story and talks about how my mother is a single parent and how I never met my dad. But, I go on to touch upon socially relevant topics like female infanticide and dowry through the lens of comedy.”
The abyss of Indian economy
“I did a set on demonetisation, which at the time, was pretty bold. It was one of the most viral videos, shared internationally between Belgium, France, Norway, USA, Canada and India.”
The girls’ night out
“I do this set on going out for ladies night, touching upon topics that deal with India’s rape culture, policing of women and how they’re often objectified by the men around them, even though ladies night is the one time when women should be outnumbering men! I think it’s bold because I address how women become selling points for getting more men instead of free booze.”
What’s in a name?
“One of the boldest videos I did was in favour of Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, when everyone had a problem with them naming their son Taimur. I spoke about how a name is not a certificate for anyone’s character. I was trolled for it! My manager started getting threats and he asked me to take down the video. I wonder what would happen if R.K. Laxman was working in the times of the Internet...”
“Dr. Ambedkar’s favourite movie was probably Caste Away. It touches upon a sensitive theme like caste but does so with a witty play on the words, which makes this a fairly heavy theme lighter. That’s what humour is for, right?”
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From HT Brunch, June 9, 2019
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