'Indians have a herd mentality'

Updated on Feb 21, 2008 05:32 PM IST
Laughter ChallengeIII champ Kuldeep Dubey talks comedy, childhood and more in a chat with Itee Dewan.
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Hindustan Times | ByItee Dewan, Mumbai

He is 22 and has chucked a career in chartered accountancy to make people laugh. In fact, Kuldeep Dubey is tickled pink that he has emerged the winner of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge III.

As a kid, he would mimic his school teachers and was caned black and blue when he was caught in the act. His father, an ex-army man, tried to discipline him. But the kid's penchant for the funny business could not be extinguished.

Dubey worked as an assistant director to Pankaj Parasvath (director, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge). He went on to become the youngest champion of the show.

Apart from aping Bollywood personalities, Dubey takes potshots at daakus (dacoits). "I was born and brought up in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, which is very close to Chambal, the breeding ground of all daakus. So most of my jokes are based on them,"he says.

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The lean boy is majorly inspired by Jim Carrey and is flattered on being compared to the Hollywood laugh raiser. He is also a fan of Rajpal Yadav, Mehmood and Pakistani artist Omar Sharif.

Dubey doesn't quite approve of the show's format though, stating that it could be more of a stand-up comedy show where earning points are not the matrix."Indians have a herd mentality," he states. "When a reality show becomes a success, imitations follow."

Ask him about his most memorable moment on Laughter Challenge and Dubey responds, "Shekhar Suman paaji said, ‘I have never seen such a brilliant performance.. I don't deserve to judge you.' And he vacated his seat for me. I can never forget that moment."

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