Cyrus Sahukar

Cyrus Sahukar

Everyone has an opinion on the AIB roast which has created a lot of controversies. Cyrus too has one! We got him talking on this and much more...

These are not the best times to be making fun of people. What do you think about the tolerance level of people going down?

On the contrary, this is the best time for comedy. There are newer formats and methods gaining amazing popularity in the social media. Everyone loves the freedom of speech and innovative ideas. I think the audience has changed; they’ve become more receptive and open to laughing at themselves. Things are just not that sacred anymore. If we go back in history, we can’t imagine a political person doing a spoof on the internet, but now we have Arvind Kejriwal doing it. I think it’s not an intolerant time at all. The thought process of the Indian audience is taking a really positive turn and India is finally opening up in a way as never before.

Do you think India needs to open up a bit about things like sex and religion?

People like to be part of groups, like community, religion or even a whatsapp group. If you read some of the jokes shared on whatsapp or social media I doubt you would ever think India needs to open up about sex and religion anymore. But the minute they are discussed on an open platform everyone gets all touchy. That needs to end.

The AIB roast created a lot of controversy and everybody seems to have an opinion on it. What’s yours?

I think people don’t understand the format of a roast. One needs to be really outrageous, and sometimes the performer can get vulgar, obnoxious and rude. He/she says some terrible things about someone and once it is finished, the other guy roasts him/her back. If you watch Comedy Central, there are heaps of roasts and some so hardcore that they would make the AIB roast look like a school play. It is really not fair to criticise/crucify a bunch of people who are performing it. And it saddens me that people are offended by something as simple as the roast, while there are so many other issues to worry about. In Maharashtra first it was the roast and now there is no beef! We are in culinary hell.

Making a spoof ain’t easy. How does one not go overboard?

Yes, spoofs are never easy but going overboard is the very idea behind them. It is an animated version of something we all love, admire or something that is incredibly big in popular culture. Personally, I have always stayed away from ‘begging for a laugh’. I don’t try to do spoofs by getting into the personal lives of people but I do like to mess with people’s careers or their public persona. A spoof is the highest compliment in comedy. Sometimes I wonder when will I be spoofed!

Making a spoof ain’t easy. How do you plan not to go overboard?

Yes, spoofs are never easy but going overboard has never been a worry for me. The very idea of a spoof is to go overboard. It is an animated version of something we all love, admire or something that is incredibly big in popular culture. Personally, I have always stayed away from ‘begging for a laugh’. I don’t try to do spoofs by getting into the personal lives of people but I do like to mess with people’s careers or their public persona. Their personal lives don’t interest me. A spoof is the highest compliment in comedy. It is amazing to be spoofed. Sometimes I wonder when I will be spoofed. 

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