Aditi Mittal is one of the top ten comedians of India and has made a niche for herself in the comedy circuit of the country. Aditi was recently in Kolkata to perform for the Kalkutta Komedians Ladies Night and literally was the show stopper of the otherwise not so funny evening. Sholoana Bangaliana caught up with Aditi backstage and had a wonderful time interviewing the cute, bubbly comedian: (Excerpts)
I don’t know how to do anything else. I would probably last exactly eight minutes in a corporate job and I have found myself in a wonderful place with comedy so it’s all comedy. In fact, if not comedy I would probably be trying to get into comedy so it’s just comedy and all comedy for me.
Comedy has always been a male dominated area, so what was your experience trying to create a niche for yourself in this particular field?
To be honest, when I started out, I was not aware that comedy is primarily a man’s area but as I started working more I eventually realized that this is more or less the general impression. But I hadn’t heard it when I started and it didn’t deter me even later on and I do not think this should actually deter any other woman trying to get into comedy. In fact nursing was supposed to be a masculine field but now it is inundated with women, secretaries were supposed to be males at one point of time but now that too is inundated with women, so it’s just about the time actually.
Do you watch our Indian comedy shows on television? Your views on that…
Yes with Archana Puran Singh and Siddhu Ji, I quite enjoy it and am glad that now comedy has such a huge platform. Though, having said that I also feel that there is a serious dearth of satire as it is mostly promotional stuff for Bollywood films and even borderlines on misogynistic at times which personally I do not like but the comedy scene, even live comedy has been facilitated by its advent on television so it’s all for good, more comedy for everybody.
Do you think, the scene of comedy in India has changed from what it was before?
Yes very much so. Though even right now we are in its most nascent stage possible, about three years ago it didn’t even exist. Right now there are about 20-25 working comedians all over the country and we’ve been so fortunate to get this platform and the kind of work that we are doing.
Now that you are in Kolkata, have you already tried out the Rosogollas?
O Yes! I am all about the Rosogollas. I went to Flury’s today and saw everything, (realized my thighs are too big for the place)
What is it that you do not like about Kolkata?
Kolkata is slow as hell and the traffic!!! Everyone is more chilled out than I thought. People here even talk so slow and do everything so slowly. But yes overall it’s nice to be here.
Watch : Interview, Cute Comedian Aditi Mittal, (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive) (You Tube)
As our viewers might have already seen, the entire four minute chat session with the funniest and wittiest lady comedian was more of a “Bengali style adda session” than a formal interview and Sholoana Bangaliana would like to Thank Aditi for infusing laughter into our otherwise mundane lives in her own cute ways.