Get ready to roll with laughter at ChaiCofi tomorrow, 18th February with Aravind Subramanium a stand-up comedian from Chennai who takes a jab at the middle class life, women and other things ordinary or not. A part-time filmmaker, Aravind talks about the comedy scene in India, poking around ‘real’ topics and more.
Aravind SA, as he is known as in the comedy circuit, studied film making at the LV Prasad film academy and went on to assist director Jayendra Panchapakesa in the film 180 and Vishnuvardhan in Aarambam starring Ajith. “Stand-up started out as a part-time thing. More like a hobby,” Aravind says. He felt like the relatable middleclass urban stories weren’t being told enough. And that’s when he decided to give into his story-telling instinct and turned into stand-up.
“While doing stand-up, you cannot be moaning or nagging on about a small event. But the flair lies in creating enough drama around it,” Aravind reveals. He feels comedians need to be articulate and deliver the point home in a short time, say, 4-5 minutes. “One needs to make sure that your key points or thoughts are funny,” he adds. And while that may come from trained writing, Aravind says would try out new material for weeks or even months on friends and family to get it right. “Now that open mic nights have picked up, my friends don’t have to be scape goats to my material,” he laughs.