Su­gandha Mishra says that the com­edy cir­cuit in In­dia is male-dom­i­nated; women are cast for eye-candy pur­poses and to give men cues

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Ac­tor Su­gandha Mishra (left), who has been a part of mul­ti­ple com­edy shows such as Com­edy Cir­cus Ke Taansen and Kapil Sharma show, stars in the re­cently launched show, The Drama Com­pany. While she agrees that the po­si­tion of fe­male co­me­di­ans has im­proved from be­fore, she says it will take time for more progress, as com­edy is a male-dom­i­nant field.

“It’s more dif­fi­cult for a good-look­ing girl to en­ter com­edy be­cause such girls usu­ally want to do act­ing first and look pretty. As a co­me­dian you may have to look bad too, to jus­tify your char­ac­ter, but good-look­ing girls of­ten face this con­flict— whether they should do it or not,” she says. The 29-year-old ac­tor says it is also dif­fi­cult for women to make a mark in the com­edy cir­cuit, as they face sev­eral lim­i­ta­tions. “My first show Laugh­ter Chal­lenge had some big co­me­di­ans and to par­tic­i­pate with them was a chal­lenge. Be­ing men, they had no lim­its at all for com­edy,” she says. “They could per­form any­thing. Be­ing a fe­male, I can’t do every­thing — like toi­let humour and dou­ble mean­ing com­edy, which I don’t ap­prove of. To per­form with those lim­its has been very chal­leng­ing,” she says.

She stresses on the im­por­tance of giv­ing fe­male stand-up co­me­di­ans proper roles in shows. “Some­times it would hap­pen that we are do­ing some gags .... the show mak­ers would keep the girl for giv­ing cues and give the punches to the men. I have al­ways left shows where I have been un­com­fort­able. I al­ways em­pha­sised on not mak­ing the fe­male co­me­dian an eye candy on the show,” she says.

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