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BHARTI SINGH

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI PEOPLE -

A pioneer among fe­male stand-up co­me­di­ans, Bharti Singh broke the prover­bial glass ceil­ing at The Great In­dian Laugh­ter Chal­lenge (Sea­son 4) in 2008. Her per­for­mances as Lalli (a fat school­girl) and Golu (a Sar­dar boy) were an in­stant hit. In fact, Singh’s al­ter-ego, Lalli, drawn from her child­hood an­tics, is prov­ing to be an en­dur­ing cult fig­ure.

A gold medal­ist in pis­tol shoot­ing and archery at the national level, 26 year-old Singh tells us about the com­edy busi­ness. “The In­dian con­nect al­ways works. Our script writ­ers are al­ways tap­ping into so­cial and po­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties fa­mil­iar to our au­di­ence,” she says. “Don’t ex­pect any money at the be­gin­ning though. As a new­comer on the cir­cuit, ex­pect brick­bats, heck­ling or worst of all, no laughs.”

Singh won the Kal­pana Chawla Award for Ex­cel­lence last year for her con­tri­bu­tion to the world of com­edy. She has com­pleted over 400 stage shows for Pun­jab Naat­shala and to­day is a fa­mil­iar face on var­i­ous TV chan­nels. Apart from In­dia, she has also per­formed in USA, Canada, Dubai, Sin­ga­pore and Aus­tralia.

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