An engineer – turned – banker – turned – wedding photographer – turned – stand-up comedian. He’s been doing stand up for a couple of years now, and in this short while has won competitions at IIT Delhi, Vir Das’s Pajamafest, Radio One Delhi, and Comedy Central’s Chuckle Hunt. Most recently, he was declared the winner of Amazon Prime Video’s comedy reality show Comicstaan, post which he toured extensively across India. He played an active part in writing and acting in the new show on MX Player, Mere Ek Vote Se Kya Hoga, and has spent some time getting his hands dirty as an actor for ad campaigns with various brands, including Nokia & TrueCaller. He’s loud, he’s almost always angry and is said to have one of the most weirdly animated hands on the circuit.
Please share your Comicstaan journey; how has life changed after winning Comicstaan?
Life has changed quite a bit after Comicstaan. I’d been doing comedy for 3 years before Comicstaan, and hadn’t put out any videos on YouTube, so nobody knew me. Even though I was very active on the circuit, you only get work once you’re famous. So post-Comicstaan, the year has been extremely busy, and all the hard work I’ve been putting in has finally paid off. I’ve shifted to Mumbai, and am now working towards creating my special, which I will start touring in February. I’ve also put out a couple of videos on youtube.
Did you always find your true passion for stand-up comedy? How did this passion arise in your mind and what prompted you to finally act on it?
Stand up was never a passion. I was working in a corporate job in Bangalore, and after 3 years in that job, I realized I wasn’t cut out for such work. The thought of spending the rest of my life living only weekend-to-weekend was very depressing. So before quitting, I started trying to figure out what other talents I had, and what I could do to sustain myself. People had always told me I’m funny, so I gave stand-up a shot. I really enjoyed it, and after doing it for a couple of years, I realized that this is what I want to do.
What were your thoughts about life during your graduation days, and looking back is there something you’d like to tell your younger self?
I spent a lot of time chilling in my graduation days – never attended lectures, dabbled in theatre, and spent a lot of time at the beach ( I was in BITS Goa). Life was great then, and it was very easy to be lost in your little cocoon. If I had to tell something to my younger self, it would be to spend a little time picking up hobbies and skills, and not worry so much about marks and future career prospects.
How has the comedy scene changed in India, and what are your future aspirations?
More and more people are getting into comedy, which is going to make it extremely competitive in the near future – competition will force everyone to up their game, which will mean that the overall level of stand-up in India would go up. That will attract more audiences. Future aspirations are to just keep doing good work. I’m only 5 years old in comedy and have so much more to learn. I want to the best possible version of myself, and that’s going to take time and effort, and I’m really looking forward to that
What message would you like to convey to the youth of our country through our platform?
Life is short, and we’re all going to die. Keep this in mind when you make decisions, it really helps give a lot of clarity. If you have just one life, why do you want to waste it doing something you don’t want to do? Take risks, and enjoy the journey. You may fail, but I can promise you the journey would be very fulfilling.