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Richa Chadha turns stand-up comedian for a first of its kind comedy series

File photo of Richa Chadha Photograph:( Instagram )

WION Web Team New Delhi Nov 08, 2019, 06.47 PM (IST)

Richa Chadha is now trying her hand in standup! Yes, you read that right! Chadha will be a part of a new web series called 'One Mic Stand' where she will be mentored by comedians Ashish Shakya and Sapan Verma. 

The show’s format is that where a comedian trains a celebrity for a week and then a live show is hosted where the two mentors perform their set in front of a live audience but the audience is unaware that the celebrity is a surprise guest who’s performing as the last act on the episode basis his/her training her their respective mentors. 

Chadha, who is known for serious, thought-provoking roles in cinema, admits that comedy is her favourite genre. Her character 'Bholi Punjaban' in the film 'Fukrey' is still remembered. 

“I love to see people laugh, it’s truly a joyous thought to stand on stage and spread humour with your words. And to know, I can do so is such a satisfying feeling. This show has an innovative concept. I have dabbled in stand up before very briefly but it was quite a challenge taking this on. Sapan and Ashish have been admirable mentors, pushing me to do better at each step. They have distinctly different styles and I imbibed a lot from their individual style. It has been both daunting and exciting to take it up professionally, even thought for a brief while and learning from the experts. Humour, for me, is a fairly natural and organic way of expressing myself. I struggled with how much of myself to reveal, because I am aware people think of me as a very serious person. So it was confusing, it is an experiment for me at best, but then I owe my career to experimentation”, said the actress.

The actress' brand of comedy is more satirical and she has a penchant for dry humour as well. She has always been experimentative with her work through her choices of projects both on and off-screen. Donning many hats, whilst being an actress, Richa has always explored more than what her job demands. This year itself, she has shot for a movie ('Panga') and released another ('Section 375'), while juggling with the shoot of her upcoming season 2 of her successful series, 'Inside Edge'. She took up belly dancing classes as well as is finishing her book. Now, with comedy, it seems Richa is once again trying to venture out of her comfort zone.
 

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Chadha, who is known for serious, thought-provoking roles in cinema, admits that comedy is her favourite genre. Her character 'Bholi Punjaban' in the film 'Fukrey' is still remembered.