Thanks to dad, Jamie didn’t have to struggle

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - HT City | Entertainment - Rishabh Suri

Ac­tor-come­di­enne and daugh­ter of comic ac­tor Johnny Lever, Jamie Lever (above), who left the au­di­ence in splits with her act in Kis Kisko Pyaar Ka­roon (2015) says that she was al­ways sure that her true call­ing was be­ing on the stage, do­ing com­edy.

“Ini­tially, my par­ents didn’t en­cour­age me. They would tell me,‘Yeh sab toh chalta ra­hega’ and I should com­plete my stud­ies. But when I joined a mar­ket­ing job in Lon­don, I felt out of place, and re­alised that it’s only when I have a mike in my hand that I feel re­ally happy,” says Jamie.

On re­cent ac­cu­sa­tions di­rected to­wards the standup com­edy space of not be­ing much re­ceiv­ing to­wards fe­male co­me­di­ans, she says, “I haven’t been treated any less for be­ing a come­di­enne. Maybe, it’s be­cause of my fa­ther [Johnny Lever]. But a lot of women out there, who are good at stand-up com­edy, don’t pur­sue this as a ca­reer. Per­son­ally, I’ve never felt the lack of sup­port. I think, it’s time peo­ple start con­sid­er­ing stand-up com­edy as a full­time job.” Cur­rently host­ing the show Sabse Bada Kalakaar with ac­tor Jay Bhanushali, Jamie feels that get­ting into the in­dus­try wasn’t dif­fi­cult. “When I en­tered, I didn’t have to struggle. Peo­ple were like, ‘Yeh Johnny Lever ki beti hai, mat­lab hamari bhi beti hai’.

Posters for the films Mom, Maatr, Daddy and Raees (clock­wise from above)

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