What according to you is a good sense of humour? To laugh at my jokes (laughs), kidding. The best sense of humour is selftargeted. If you are able to laugh at yourself, that is the best sense of humour according to me. It’s easy to make fun of others but tough to make fun of yourself.
What do you love about stand-up comedies? It’s very real and humbling. Now, films take 75 per cent of my year and standup is only 25 per cent. It’s nice to get out of a vanity-van on a film set where you are very pampered, compared to just standing on stage in front of 4000 people, where you have nothing but a mike and a light. They don’t care who you are; you have to be funny and make them laugh, and it’s a very real, grounding experience. I feel films kind of compromise on human connections, and stand-up is nothing but human connection. How did Bollywood happen to you? Bollywood happened to me very stupidly. Vipul Shah came for one of my shows and offered me one scene in Namastey London. Then I decided that I like Bollywood. I did a film that didn’t do well at all, then I decided that I don’t like Bollywood (laughs). I thought I’m perfectly happy just doing stand-up comedy. I went back to a news channel and did a stand-up comedy show for them. When I saw Rang De Basanti, I thought the kind of films which I could be in, were being made and I decided to give films a full shot. I didn’t know anybody so I just took a DVD of my show called Viragra and spent my life-savings on printing it so that it looked like a proper DVD. I went to every video library between Bandra and Andheri where I knew filmmakers went, and gave them six free copies. That went to Yashraj and they called me for Badmaash Company, and it went to Aamir Khan Productions, and they called me for Delhi Belly.