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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.

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