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Manpriya Singh 

Sahil Khattar might have long moved on from Chandigarh and shifted base to Mumbai, but there are still a lot of things he finds funny about the city; in a good way, of course.

“The geri route, the fuss over fancy cars, alloy wheels and yes, the rustic Punjabi dialect,” he laughs, before adding, “Most importantly the ability to laugh at ourselves.” 

A quality that helped his Youtube endeavour, Being Indian, be where it is today. At 15 lakh subscribers and counting. “Our team first laughed at themselves, then at a Punjabi, a Bengali, a Marathi and so on and so forth. So, the ability to connect got us the audience and also it was backed by a superb team.” He adds, “Although lately we have not been very regular with posting videos.” 

While in city for the promotions of the ongoing Dance India Dance Season 6, a show that he hosts, the Youtuber and the comedian talks about censorship, comedy, and hosting a dance show. “I wouldn’t say I am a great dancer like Shiamak Davar and can do choreography, but I am a decent dancer and in fact, in the soon-to-be-aired episode you’ll see me doing a few steps on Ranveer Singh’s songs.” 

Jail for a joke! What a joke! 

Imagine being sent to jail for cracking a joke? Or, writing or voicing your opinions. “It’s sad. They have given us freedom of speech but we don’t know how to handle it. Let humour be humour and be completely out of any censorship. As it is takes a lot to derive out of sorry state of political situations and social issues facing the country.” 

All eyes on Bollywood 

He admits to having moved onto from the stage of audition to narrations. “Thankfully, I don’t have to go for auditions any more. I am reading a lot of scripts and want to do something nice in Bollywood. Nothing signed on as yet but you will see me in B-town sooner or later. I want to first explore it as an actor before exploring it as a producer.” 

He adds, “In fact, I have shifted base to Mumbai and so have my parents and now is the time when they have started to believe in me. If I can do television then Bollywood is not far behind.”  

DID airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm on ZEE TV. 

manpriya@tribunemail.com



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