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India, a country with stand-ups and stupid controversies

India, a country with stand-ups and stupid controversies
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When we talk of entertainment, we more often than not relate it to comedy. Here’s stand-up comedian Amogh Ranadive who is making people from different walks of life roll on the floor laughing. Amogh forayed into the comedy scene through his writings in his college days.

When we talk of entertainment, we more often than not relate it to comedy. Here’s stand-up comedian Amogh Ranadive who is making people from different walks of life roll on the floor laughing. Amogh forayed into the comedy scene through his writings in his college days.

“I started writing comedy for a Bollywood themed comedy show on Channel V. This is when I realised my liking for comedy,” says Amogh. Amogh has written for different media and feels that the freedom one gets in the new media is immense. “While writing for YouTube and other internet-based platforms, you can be as edgy as you want to.

You have your own channel on the platform and can post whatever content that you want. There are a lot less filters in the content while writing for the new media when compared to television,” the comedian says. He goes on to add that writing for brands that sponsor your channel would limit you as you will have to think from their perspective.

 Amogh

On his views about freedom of expression in the new media in the light of AIB’s roast video being deleted from YouTube for reportedly hurting the sentiments of people, Amogh says, “The whole AIB Knockout controversy is stupid. Besides giving so many disclaimers, it is foolish to say that the content hurt the people’s sentiments. One always has the close button on top of the browser to stop watching the video.

Why take so much offence? It is just a comic piece.” The comedy scene in India began from having bits and pieces of comedy in movies to mimicries by artistes at small shows, and now we are at a point when being a stand-up comedian is a good career option. On the comedy scene in India, Amogh says that it is fast developing, adding that we have immensely popularised in Hindi comedy and are graduating to English. “We are at a point in time when everyone is excited about comedy. Being at comedy shows, many among the youth aspire to take up writing comedy and being a stand-up comedian,” the comedian signs off.

By:Tushar Kalawatia

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