CHENNAI: She’s witty, smart and beautiful. She can make you ROFL, and at the same time make you ponder over topics that are still considered taboo in our society. Aditi Mittal is a rising star in the stand-up comedy scene in India.
CE caught up with her ahead of her performance in the city. Talking about everything that plagues the modern Indian woman, Aditi says the evening will ‘showcase some of my best acts’. She will also perform her signature act — Dr Lutchutke (a sex therapist) and Dolly Khurana.
Aditi says the challenge is to make the audience laugh in the first 30 seconds. “To keep them engaged and in splits for an hour-and-a-half will be my motto!” she giggled. She is all praise for people in the south. “One of the smartest audiences are here down south and I guarantee a session of laughter for the folks here.”
She was rated amongst India’s top 10 stand-up comedians and was invited by the BBC in 2013 for the ‘100 Women’ conference in London. How do older audience react to her bold topics? “I sometimes walk away after a show with uncles and aunties staring at me thinking I’m crazy! Well, my mother herself isn’t impressed with me yet,” she chuckled.
With the trend of open mics and stages giving opportunities to new talent, she credited Vir Das for setting a stage for comedians like her. “Vir was among the first few to start the trend of open mic and standup comedy in India.”
Is there anyone in Chennai she wants to work with? Pat comes the reply: “Karthik Kumar. His content and the delivery are brilliant!” Aditi has a few words of wisdom to aspiring standup comedians: “Until you don’t work hard on your own script it’s not going to take you anywhere. Create your own style!”
(Catch Aditi Live today at 8 pm Raintree, Anna Salai. For details, contact 9884429593)