In India, Comedy Is Becoming A Serious Business
In a country that produces lawyers, engineers and doctors by the dozens, it’s rare to see someone taking up standup comedy as a career.
But, times are ‘a changin’ and comedians like Anuvab Pal and Atul Khatri have become celebrities by doing what they do best – making people laugh.
Top entertainment platforms like Amazon and Netflix sign them up for special online shows given their large fan base. Corporate events and weddings add to their schedule of events.
Comedy has become a serious business in India, says Khatri. “Other than plain standup comedy, there’s also script writing.”
It’s not like Khatri has been into comedy forever.
Khatri, 50, has been running a successful computer business for many years but has decided to exit the company and spend all his time in the comedy space – a job that he enjoys a lot more than being a business owner.
Pal adds that India will follow a similar trajectory to the US, when it comes to the comedy business.
“An Abhish Mathew will do his late night show, he has a great personality. Someone like Kanan Gill will become a movie star, some of us write and direct or become ad-writers, like Atul has done a bunch of ads that he’s in. So, I think standup then becomes a platform as a generation of us will eventually go out of it and a new generation will take over.”