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Interview: Kanchan Mullick on Comedy, Theater, Acting and an Actors Learning Process

Kanchan Mallick Exclusive Interview (You Tube)

He may be thin, lanky and not as good looking but is one who can ensure that not one sitting in the audience can remain still and sullen for over five minutes after he starts with his gig and this marvelous actor, better known as comedian is none other than Kanchan Mullick. On behalf of Sholoana Bangaliana Television actor Arnab Bhattacharya engaged this fine actor and wonderful human being in a heart to heart chat. Excerpts from the conversation for the Sholoana Bangaliana readers.

Arnab Bhattacharya, Sholoana BangalianaYou have shifted base from the small screen to the big screen. Can you throw some light on your journey till now?

Kanchan Mullick– I started acting in theatre and have been associated with a theatre group for the past twenty four years. From there I shifted base to serials. The first serial I acted in was never aired and most people know Janata Express as my career’s first. This was a serial based on the life of Tenida. Shiboprasad is a great friend and Nandita di was introduced to me by him. I was apprehensive as I was the sole earning member of the family. And shifting to the big screen was a bit of uncertainty for me. I was not good looking and I will describe myself as handicap looking. However l was lucky and for the past nineteen years, the audience has been accepting me with open hearts as the character artist despite my lack of good looks. My main aim is always to entertain the audience as it is because of them that I still exist.

Arnab Bhattacharya, Sholoana BangalianaYou are describing yourself as a handicap artist as per the looks. But if we go back in the history of Bengali cinema, artists like Chinmoy Roy also had the same lanky look when younger age. What do you have to say about that?

Kanchan Mullick– I believe that performance matters. However there is always a preconceived notion that heroes must be good looking and tall while the heroines must be beautiful and sexy. Lama, Rudranil and I broke all these notions when we entered the industry. It is with our performances that we have been able to convince the directors that looks, though important do not define talent and it is one’s performance that eventually matters.


Arnab Bhattacharya, Sholoana BangalianaTill now only comedy has been your forte and you are known as a comedian. Have you ever felt that your acting potentials in the other spheres of acting have not been explored by the directors?

Kanchan MullickCharlie Chaplin said that comedy is the finest form of acting. The person who can excel in comedy can excel in genre of acting. Great actors like Tulsi Chakraborty and Bhanu Bandopadhyay had given such wonderful performances in comic roles but they never cried over the fact that they were only cast in comic roles. Then who am I? I have worked in Jatras, machas and in other art forms and have been appreciated by the audience. My biggest reward comes when audiences wait for me in remote villages and clap enthusiastically when I go on stage, even if it is at one at night in the winters.


Arnab Bhattacharya, Sholoana BangalianaWhat changes do you notice in the anchoring style of today and that used to be presented when you were primarily on stage?

Kanchan Mullick– I will not demean anyone. But I feel that it is very essential to listen when you are an anchor. When we did the anchoring, we did not have Wikipedia or Google to help us out. We depended more on what the audience said and then reacted accordingly. This helped in forming a bond with the audience and anchoring accordingly.

Arnab Bhattacharya, Sholoana BangalianaCan you tell us about your journey in the world of theater? You have known Mr.Kaushik Sen for a long time. How has that helped you?

Kanchan Mullick– I have known him for the past twenty four years. It is under his guidance that I understood the basics of acting. This has helped me immensely. An actor can be anything- gardener, king, hero, lawyer and others. This wide range is what no one else will be able to do. Theatre has created a base for me. Theatre is like a school for me.

Arnab Bhattacharya, Sholoana BangalianaDo you feel that the directors have not extracted the best out of you yet?

Kanchan Mullick– A creative person dies when he feels that he has done everything. The main element of a creative person is to keep on experimenting. The day I feel I have done everything, I will die creatively. I want to do a Julius Ceasar and a Hamlet too. I simply want to entertain the audience. I cannot simply tolerate an unsmiling face or a face with tears. I try and spread happiness with my acting.

The interview was just as entertaining as his acts have always been and Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the actor all the best for his future creative endeavors and hopes to see him spreading smiles for many more years to come.


Arnab Bhattacharya

Mr. Arnab Bhattacharya is a multi-talented television artist who brings with him 14 years of industry experience and expertise in the feilds of theater, poetry and acting. Mr. Bhattacharya has acted in popular Bangla serials like Crime Diary (ETV Bangla), Sati (Zee Bangla), Bhasha (Star Jalsha), Ishti Kutum (Star Jalsha) and is currently essaying the role of Chapal Bhairagi in one of ETV Bangla’s most popular serials Hiyar Majhe.

Arnab’s filmography includes short films like Sando Da, Magic, Calcutta -16 and a full length feature film Teen Kahon by Boudhayan Mukherjee.

New Bollywood Comedy Movie HUMSHAKALS Stars Saif and Ritesh Play Butter Prank on Ram Kapoor

New-Bollywood-Comedy-Movie-HUMSHAKALSYes! You read it absolutely right. Sajid Khan has been shooting for the much awaited laugh riot HUMSHAKALS in the beautiful locales of London.

Recently the team was shooting a sequence with the three actors- Saif, Riteish & Ram Kapoor where Saif & Riteish had to put little butter on Ram’s face.

At first Ram was quite hesitant thinking as he thought the amount of butter would be quite a lot but later on gave in, when he was assured that it would be very little, informs a source close to the production team.

But the wicked duo Saif and Riteish had something else in mind. When the shot was on they got carried away and put a lot of butter on Ram’s face, almost 5Kgs of it! Within minutes Ram’s entire face and hands were immersed in butter and it was difficult to even see his expressions.

Sajid too did not tell a cut and was enjoying the entire impromptu act done by Saif & Riteish. Well, Ram’s surprised look is very well captured and will be seen in the final cut too!

Bollywood Comedy Movie HUMSHAKALS, directed by Sajid Khan stars Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Tamannaah and Esha Gupta. A Pooja Entertainment and Films Ltd production, produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Presented by Fox Star Studios, HUMSHAKALS releases on June 20, 2014.



Vir Das Comedy Theater ‘VIRitten’ to be showcased in Dubai; Hilarious Take on Traditional History of India


Comedy will get redefined this month as the celebrated global theatre production house, Ashvin Gidwani Productions (AGP) brings to Dubai the stand-up comedian and film actor Vir Das for a theatrical showcase titled History Of India – VIRitten – a presentation of AGP Constellation. A funny and sensational take on the rich traditional history of India, the show is all set to make the audience abroad fall in love with it more so as it has sumptuous doses of characteristic Vir Das Comedy.

History of India brings out the humor for the audiences in Vir Das’s crazy ways and fun-filled antics and dialogues. Featuring renowned actors Vir Das and Kavi Shastri, the play promises to take viewers on a journey back in time right from the Harappan civilization and the Vedas to the Mughal Era, ending with the oddities of the present day.

Ashvin Gidwani, MD & Producer, Ashvin Gidwani Productions (AGP), said, “We are proud that this production has completed 100 shows on home ground and enjoys the title of being the largest selling comedy show ever to have been showcased in Indian theatre.  We are very excited for the debut of this show in Dubai and anticipate a houseful show.”

Vir Das, who is the star attraction of this hilarious rip-roaring experience had this to say about staging the play in Dubai, “I’m tremendously excited to bring the show to Dubai. If you live Indian culture, if you miss Indian culture or if you know nothing about Indian culture….this is the show for you!”



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Stand-Up Comedy Evening: Kalkutta Komedians at G.D. Birla Sabhaghar on August 30th

Kalkutta Komedians presents LADIES’ NIGHT with Uma Thakar and Aditi Mittal at G.D. Birla Sabhagar on Friday, 30th August.

Uma Thakar
Aditi Mittal
Vaibhav Sethia
Anirban Dasgupta
Sayan Ghosh
Raouf Gangjee

Raouf Gangjee

Kolkata is gearing up for a torrent of laughter with comedians Uma Thakar and Aditi Mittal who will entertain the city on 30th August 2013. Kalkutta Komedians presents these two extraordinary women known for their strong stage presence and their terrific sense of humour.

Uma is an Indian-Australian comedienne, story teller and writer. Aditi, a well known name in Indian English standup comedy is an actress, writer and teacher.

Kalkutta Komedians open the stand-up comedy show with comics Raouf Gangjee, Vaibhav Sethia, Anirban Dasgupta, Sayan Ghosh.

Uma Thakar is a stand-up comedian, story teller and writer. She has performed in Australia at major events such as Australia Day, International Women’s Day, Harmony Day and the Festival of Lights. She has taken part in the St Kilda Laughs Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Laugh to Stop Homelessness. Uma’s internet channel has followers in America and Asia. She also writes a blog, theumahuma.blogspot.com. Uma has also produced and directed documentaries, presented humour workshops, scripted and acted in television shows, and is presently writing a book, ‘The surreal diary of an Aussie Indian comic.’

Aditi Mittal is also the first Indian comedian to perform at the home of stand-up comedy in the world “The Laugh Factory” in Los Angeles, California. She was one of the first 5 Indian comedians to perform at The Comedy Store, Mumbai. Today, she is a regular at Canvas Laugh Factory, and has performed at venues across the country.

Mittal is a columnist for DNA, and FirstpostIndia and has appeared in various television specials such as Phenking News with Cyrus Broacha, Ripping the decade with Vir Das, Fools gold Awards with Cyrus Sahukar and is a regular on India’s award-winning online comedy show, Jay Hind.

“1 of the Top 10 Comedians in India”—Times of India

Top 30 Witty, Intelligent and incredibly funny Indian women to follow on Twitter”—CNNIBN.com

“Aditi, get off that damn computer.” (Her father)


KALKUTTA KOMEDIANS are Kolkata’s finest English standup comedy group, not least because they are Kolkata’s only English standup comedy group.

Raouf Gangjee: The half-German founder of Kalkutta Komedians. During the historic battle to change the name of Calcutta to Kolkata, he fought valiantly against the intelligentsia (on behalf of the stupidsia) to use the German spelling ‘Kalkutta’ instead (as in ‘Kalkutta Über Alles’). He has appeared on the cover of the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first person in history with any German blood to have a sense of humour.

Anirban Dasgupta completed engineering and moved to Sales just like a good student would do. Then he moved to standup comedy which was logical for him to do. Apart from making smart professional and personal decisions, he also loves politics. After all, a comedian must love the source of his material.

Vaibhav Sethia says “I’m just another Marwari kid born into decent money. I pretend to be an actor, graphic designer and architect during the day, and then laze around in the evenings, taking antacids. Thanks to Bhujia and Papad, love you guys, mmmuah. An IIT-ian by degree (yes, I’m showing off!) and a comedian at heart. I’m just experimenting in life, doing what I like the most- performing stand-up comedy.”



10th December: Kalkutta Komedians with Andy Zaltzman

28th March: Kalkutta Komedians with Papa CJ

26th June: Kalkutta Komedians with Vir Das

27th July: Kalkutta Komedians with Cyrus Broacha