Drag acts may scare many actors but comedian Siddharth Sagar has become a pro at playing a woman. In his new comedy show, Comedy Classes that kicked off on Life OK last week, Sagar plays double roles — that of a woman, Selfie Mausie, the owner of the Ache Din Institute that has a crazy bunch of teachers and students; and her younger brother, a mentally disturbed Naseer, who is obsessed with actor Naseeruddin Shah.
“Both the roles are really interesting and challenging,” says Sagar, who started doing stage shows at the age of eight and made an entry into television when he was 13. For the actor, who has mainly done stand-up acts, this will be his second sitcom — the first being Pritam Pyaare Aur Woh on Sab TV.
Coming back to playing a woman, the actor mentions that in the last few years, drag acts may have become common on television with many actors trying a hand at it but a character becomes successful only if there’s a quirky element in it. “Like Selfie Mausi is very different. Everything that she does – from her walking style to the way she talks, is different,” says Sagar, who thinks that the audience loves him as a woman on screen and that’s why he ends up getting such offers. “Since I am appreciated as well, I love doing it,” he says.
Besides Sagar, the show also stars Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Sudesh Lehri and Shakeel Siddiqui.