Stand-up comedian and actress Sumukhi Suresh, known for her performance in web series 'Pushpavalli' and her recent outing 'Hum Do Teen Chaar', says no matter how popular a comedian is, they never get the treatment of a Bollywood star.
Despite many standalone comedy shows, special comic acts on OTT platforms be it 'One Mic Stand', 'Comicstaan' and comedy content on YouTube among others, it is noticed that comedians and actors even in cinema who do comedy well, never get treated like a 'start'.
Decoding the reason behind it, Sumukhi told IANS: "I think it is not just in Bollywood but everywhere that a comedian, who is also an actor, is treated differently. There is no glamour attached to becoming a comic, as opposed to an actor. There is stardom and 'diva' kind of treatment that actors get and comedians do not.
"Perhaps that happens because people tend to think that comedy is a much easier thing to do than an intense drama. Whereas the fact is, we put all the hard work to make it look 'easy' and 'effortless'."
Highlighting the element of being relatable to the audience, the stand-up comic also mentioned how it is a double-edged sword.
"The need of the hour in a comedy show is to keep it relatable and every comic has a natural talent, a sense of humour. So the audience look at us as 'yeh toh main bhi kar sakta hoon'. We do not carry the aura of a star, therefore audience does not treat us like one. That is the advantage and disadvantage at the same time."