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It's scary, it's very, very scary: Mallika Dua on the seriousness of comedy


If you're a social media-loving Indian and haven't chanced upon Mallika Dua, you're very ignorant or just flat out lying.

As dramatic as that may sound that's precisely the sort of internet penetration this comedienne from Delhi has achieved. Now in Mumbai, a move she seems super glad about, Dua does sketches with All India Bakchod (AIB).

Quick to impersonate caricatures around her, Dua shows Catch what an average clueless JLF-attendee sounds like. Given her talent, we ask her if we'll get to see the Mumbaikar versions to Makeup Didi, Komal, or Gifty soon.

"I have lived in Delhi for 27 years. At least I have to give 1-2 years to another city? I like to take my time with those things.

Quick to recover though, Dua adds, "I can do anything, yaar. I have no barriers like that."

On being asked if she agrees with Aditi Mittal on audiences being more drawn to male comedians, she says, "A lot of people have their own biases. That's their problem. They don't want to hear a certain kind of content, about the female body or things that happen to women. Or about what we feel or what goes on inside.

"It's the audience's fault, I think."

With content such as women's issues and news in general becoming such a large part of comedyscape, especially for AIB, Dua tells us comedy is serious business.

"Making someone laugh is very hard," she says, adding, "It's laced with insecurity, just like any other artist or actor's job is. It's scary, it's very very scary."

Durga M Sengupta @the_bongrel

Feminist and culturally displaced, Durga tries her best to live up to her overpowering name. She speaks four languages, by default, and has an unhealthy love for cheesy foods. Assistant Editor at Catch, Durga hopes to bring in a focus on gender politics and the role in plays in all our interactions.