"People appreciate and laugh more on 'filmy' jokes"
Krushna Abhishek has recently revealed his thoughts on making comedy shows in India, saying they are “difficult”. He believes that in Indian society, people do not like jokes aimed at them.
The TV comedian made the comments as one of his shows faced criticism in the past.
Speaking to media outlet IANS, he said: “[Doing comedy is] very difficult nowadays. It is not in the Indian system and blood to take jokes on themselves. But few people love it. A few of them love roasts and do not mind jokes on themselves.
“People appreciate and laugh more on ‘filmy’ jokes — be it in Bittu Bak Bak or Kapil’s (Kapil Sharma) show or any comedy show for that matter.”
Krushna Abhishek has launched a successful career in comedy programmes. His hilarious shows include Comedy Circus and Comedy Nights Live. The television star currently enjoys an appearance on Bittu Bak Bak along with fellow star Bharti Singh.
He stars as a series of characters, including Professor and Bittu, a student.
But the comedian’s remarks could refer to a controversial incident in 2016, involving Bollywood star Tannishtha Chatterjee. The actress appeared on Krushna Abhishek’s show Comedy Nights Bacheo, and afterwards felt offended by “racist comments” directed towards her.
She posted a statement about the situation on Facebook. In the statement, she revealed how she became excited to appear and become “roasted”. However, she said:
“To my utmost horror, I soon realised that the only quality they found worth roasting about in me was my skin tone.”
Krushna Abhishek immediately apologised for the offences unintendedly caused. However, now he hopes Bittu Bak Bak will not follow the same path:
“In our comedy filler, Bittu Bak Bak, both Professor and Bittu are very filmy. We are not here to make derogatory remarks on anyone. So this should be fine.”
The television personality also seemed keen to express how comedy should not act mean-spirited when mimicking celebrities:
“There are a lot of artists who like it. However, a few of them get offended because actors who are mimicking the artists go overboard and start insulting them. We should not insult them and we should maintain the dignity. You can’t insult someone.”
Despite the many difficulties that comedy shows can create, it seems that it hasn’t stopped Krushna Abhishek making hilarious programmes. Bittu Bak Bak is sure to join the list of his multiple successful shows.