No shortcut to success, says actor-writer Sumaira Shaikh : The Tribune India

What is your new show Dongri Danger about?

I’ve been working on Dongri Danger since 2016 and this is my first comedy special. My parents’ trip to Dongri and my personal experience were captured in this show.

What is the USP of the show?

The honesty factor of content. I hope viewers around the world will love the show as much as the live audience.

What struggles did you face?

In 2017, I lost my brother and I had almost made the decision not to write comedy anymore. Then my colleague and friend Sumukhi helped me, and pushed me a lot. She asked me to contribute whatever I could. It was one of the lowest points of my life.

How is your colleague Sumukhi Suresh?

In short, he is my mentor. She was present at my first open comedy show in 2015. During our first meeting alone, she told me that if I ever did comedy full time, I should hook up with her. She taught me everything from scratch.

As a stand-up comedian, how do you see OTT platforms compared to live performance?

The live experience is different every time, it changes every time with the new audience. I’m lucky to have a platform like this so early in my career.

What do you think of female comic artists?

I’m very grateful that the script for female comic artists has changed recently. Now that’s not how you look and joke about yourself!

What type of family support have you received during your career?

I graduated in psychology and was on my way to becoming a therapist. But I told them I wanted to try something different. They supported my decision to become an actor.

Does your family like your shows?

My parents are pretty funny! I take a lot of things from them, based on which I create my own content.

What advice would you give to budding comedians?

One thing is certain: there is no shortcut to success. You need to explore yourself in the open mic and not be clouded by the comments of others.

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