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Girl with the Gags

From Chandigarh to Mumbai,VJ-actor Khushboo Grewal finds herself on the lighter side of life in the latest season of Comedy Circus

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: September 3, 2013 12:54:54 am

Being a drama queen in the foaming froth of soap operas didn’t really appeal to the acting sensibilities of Khushboo Grewal. But being on television did. So when the audition call for the latest season of Sony’s Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali was made,Grewal decided to give it a shot. “I was shooting for Akshay Kumar and Gurpreet Ghuggi’s production,Paaji in Problem,in Punjab,and the auditions were taking place in Amritsar. I made a quick trip,” says Grewal. After acting in Punjabi hits such as Carry on Jatta and Munde UK De,Grewal’s comic timing worked to her advantage. While this was an experiment she willingly signed up for,the real challenge was being teamed up with the formidable Krushna-Sudesh. “They are so good at their job that making a space for myself was a test,” says Grewal,adding how their acts had to be reinvented to suit a girl as a team member.

With veterans of comedy beside her,Grewal’s now getting a hang of the spontaneity,improvisation and element of surprise in their performances. Her theatre background too has played a big part. “Back in college (MCM DAV Chandigarh),I used to do a lot of theatre,and then representing Chandigarh in Channel V Popstars also helped,” shares Grewal,who has worked in shows such as Dil Dosti Dance (Channel V),Ramleela Ajay Devgan Ke Saath (Life OK),Rang Badalti Odhani (Star One),Chhajje Chhajje Ka Pyaar (Sony) and Ishaan (Disney). She’s also been a VJ with B4U music channel since 2006,anchor for Punjabi TV’s Ek Dholi Ek Bolin and Kal Toh Hai Apna on Doordarshan. In addition,Grewal’s acting stint includes the film,Raaz: The Mystery Continues,in 2009.

Although the culture of comedy is gaining momentum,the acceptance of women as comedians,doing stand-up acts and indulging in serious laughs will take time,feels the actor. “Women can be great comedians,but there is less awareness on this front. Comedy in India is limited; it is reactional comedy,making fun of people,and someone like Bharti,who is very talented,yet has to resort to cracking jokes on herself. In films,especially Punjabi,it’s the men who take the lead. Women are just there as supporting cast,” feels Grewal.

While she is not sure whether she’ll be part of sequel to Carry on Jatta,the singer in Grewal will be digitally releasing her single,Kala Doriya,soon. Looking forward to another Punjabi comic thriller (earlier titled Paisa,Pyar,Panga) opposite Mukul Dev,and an untitled Hindi film,Grewal is paying attention to an advise someone gave her when she stepped in the industry — it’s better to do a small role in a YashRaj banner than a leading role in a B-grade film.

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