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Interview: Mir on Hosting Mirakkel 9 and his Love Affair with Comedy

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Mirakkel Season 9 is coming to an end and this also marks the ten years celebration of this extremely popular comedy show on Zee Bangla. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the anchor of the show, Mir in a one to one conversation. Excerpts..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Mirakkel 9 is coming to an end. You will also be celebrating ten years of Mirakkel. How nostalgic does this make you feel?

Mir- Yeah, we have come a long way. The channel gave me and the show three months time to prove our worth. And we have been successful in doing so. If we were not worth the money, the channel would have shown us the door many years back.

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Earlier many artists used to bring out comedy albums. Despite Mirakkel giving new comedy artists to the industry, why is there a shortage of such albums?

Mir-No one actually purchases albums these days. The industry is already facing troubles due to this issue. Hence bringing out an album is not financially feasible. However, it must be pointed out that the online consumption of comedy has increased. Example can be cited of AIB, All India Bakchod. These kinds of shows will rarely be watched by the elders in the Bengali households. Here comes Mirakkel. This has become a cult show in many places. For instance in Bangladesh, when Mirakkel is aired, the audience watches nothing but only Mirakkel.

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Stand up comedians are not found much in our country. Why is it so?

Mir- It is simply because when one tries to do such standup comedy, there will be barriers put before the person. The individuals cannot make jokes about sex, religion or politics. This is quite similar to cooking Biryani without the masala, chicken piece and the potato piece. I have seen in San Francisco and other places abroad that they are given the free space as artists to make fun about everything and entertain people. As a result, The Pope, Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama, nobody is spared. But let somebody do that in India and we all know the consequences the person will have to face. People in our country have a fixed mindset about certain issues which cannot simply be changed. That is causing all the trouble! They take a trivial thing to be serious and protest against it while they leave a serious issue thinking it to be trivial.

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Many in the audience have said that Mirakkel has a lot of non-veg jokes which makes it unfit to be viewed when sitting with family. What do you have to say about that?

Mir- (laughs) When have I asked the audience to watch the show by sitting on the sofa? They can lie down and also watch the show!! I believe that negative publicity is also good for us. This means people are watching the show. They may criticize but they are watching the show. Mirakkel has become a habit for the people.

Since you have to devote such a huge amount of time to the show, don’t your family members complain about this hectic schedule? Or do you not miss them?

Mir- Well, even if I had worked for twenty four hours, I would have taken time out for my daughter. (smiles) As for my family, they are part of my soul and are always with me. The contestants in every season are however my extended family and I miss them more than my actual family. This is because they are with me for such a long time during the shooting. When the show is over, the next day is hard as I miss them so much. Mirakkel has given me so much. After the 100 kilometers of Kolkata, the reach of radio is nil. Whatever popularity I have got from canning to Chicago is because of this show. I also have done no other shows apart from Mirakkel on television. No one takes me and secondly Mirakkel is so ingrained in my blood that it is difficult to take it out. I went for a Colors Bangla event once. There was a huge crowd. Someone from the crowd suddenly asked me to say “Awesome Saala” at the event. I was so embarrassed. Even the channel authorities understood the importance of the show Mirakkel.

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Will you be performing at the Grand Finale?

Mir- Well, yes I will be performing with a group of beautiful girls. I will be coming down from below and shaking my leg with them. This is indeed very stressful for me. When I was practicing the steps, the makeup man and the others seated in my room left the room. I am such a bad dancer!!

Who among the celebrities sportingly accept making fun of them?

Mir- Hiron is a great sport. Jeet, Bumba Da (Prosenjit Chatterjee) are also very sporting. Basically Jeet and Bumba Da have become so frustrated with me that they have now left me to do whatever I want to do. Dipak da (Chiranjeet Chakraborty) has never said the word “Paglaa” in any film. But I have popularized the word so much that people now ask Dipak Da to say the same thing. This shows how deeply Mirakkel affects the audience.

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What do you think must be the attitude of the people with regard to watching comedy shows?

Mir- To enjoy comedy shows, one must learn to take the butt of the comedy sportingly. During the course of the show, I have made fun of myself and also the channel. I have even asked people to stop watching Mirakkel. However, what happens is that when I ask people to stop watching the show, that is also a part of the show and these are the instances when the TRP goes to great heights. This simply follows the rule of asking someone not to do something to eventually see them do just the opposite.

What will be the next step for Mir after Mirakkel Season 9?

Mir- Plans of Mirakkel Season 10 will be chalked out. After this show is over, we will think when to start the new season, what is to be done and so on!! After Mirakkel season 10, I don’t know whether the channel will like to continue with this show or whether they will keep me as the anchor. That time alone will tell!! Till then keep watching Mirakkel!!

The Grand Finale episode will be aired on 12th June from 7.30pm on Zee Bangla.

Interviewer:

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Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

 

 

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Bunohaansh HeroineTanushree Unveils New Kutchina Water Purifier Range

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Kutchina is the pioneer in the field of auto clean chimneys. The company has been providing great chimneys to the people for the past fourteen years. The brand which stormed the markets with their products is back with another product. The product is a new age water purifier which was unveiled recently.

“Water is life. The water we consume has a major effect on our health. Hence it is of prime importance to drink healthy water. With water purifiers like this, individuals will be able to drink safe and clean water” said Tollywood actress Tanushree Chakraborty at the unveiling of the new water purifier range of Kutchina at the Kutchina showroom.

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The new range of water purifiers come with three unique features- auto clean, back wash and mineral candles. All these features ensure that the water is free from the harmful impurities but will also retain the essential minerals in the water which is so important for us. One of the models in this range called Purica DLX also comes with a digital display feature. This will help in indicating when the products will need servicing or when there develops a problem in the UV protector.

“Health is wealth. Why compromise with health? When companies like Kutchina are coming up with such great products at such affordable prices, one can always buy a water purifier and ensure the safety of his/her loved ones as most diseases that turn deadly are water borne. This will also be a way of showing that you care for your family” said the gorgeous actress Tanushree while speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana.

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The price range of this new range of water purifiers starts from Rs. 13990 onwards.

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Bengali Actress Rachana Banerjee Graces the Launch of Fortune Soya Chunks in Kolkata

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Health is wealth, as the saying goes. Keeping in mind this ideology Ahmedabad based Adani Wilmar Ltd expanded its branded food products line further with the launch of a brand new product called Fortune Soya Chunks. These chunks have been manufactured at the company’s state of the art facility in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. The company manufactures nutritious and 100% vegetarian soya chunks. They come loaded with the power of Proti 9, a combination of nine essential amino acids necessary for good health and growth. This new product was launched by eminent actress Rachana Banerjee and Angshu Mallick, COO, Adani Wilmar Ltd.

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Rachana Banerjee who unveiled this new product said “It is important to be healthy and with the introduction of these soya chunks by Fortune, it will indeed be very easy for the people to get healthy food for consumption. I am also thinking of introducing this to my family members. The reasons why I associated with this product was that it will help people to shed weight as it is low in fat content and also has the necessary minerals and fiber required by growing children”.

Speaking at the occasion, Angshu Mallick said “The consumers of today are health conscious and aware of the needs of their body. Hence after much evaluation we have introduced this product keeping in mind the shift of consumer loyalty from non-branded food products to the branded ones. We have already introduced the Fortune Besan and now we are introducing Fortune Soya Chunks”.

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The Fortune Soya Chunks are being offered at very competitive prices of Rs. 10 for 50 gm, Rs. 15 for 90 gm, Rs. 35 for 200 gm and Rs. 135 for 1Kg. Hence if you want to retain good health for yourself and your family members, make sure you use this product the next time you are cooking something delicious.

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