Stories up his sleeve
Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, who will be performing in the city this Friday, talks about his brand new show JeevGatha and continuing with his roast tour
The Delhi boy is back with a set full of fresh material. Jeeveshu Ahluwalia’s new show called JeevGatha features fun anecdotes from his life and his quirky way of looking at mundane situations. Get ready for some new punchlines delivered to you through an hour-long performance.Talking about the new material, he says, “JeevGatha is a show that is absolutely different from what I used to do earlier. And, in some way, it extends the same flavour of fun and humour as it was earlier. The show has a lot of anecdotes and real time experiences with regard to my day-to-day life and how my jokes revolve around it.”
The comedian is known for making jokes about how he successfully disappoints his mother at every possible opportunity, and humorously voicing his opinion on issues that affect the ordinary man in the country. His bilingual comedy reflects the over-excited and exaggerated Indian attitude. Not to mention the oh-so-sarcastic smartassery. “My audiences come to see how I bring the fun element out of ordinary situations and how easily they relate to it and take the jokes back home to share,” he says.
Though the hot topic of the month is elections, Ahluwalia prefers to stay away from it.
Last October, an anonymous post was made on social media accusing the comedian of sexual harassment post which his talent agency decided to part ways with him. Ahluwalia was touring the country with his show Host to Roast at that time, which was cancelled in Chandigarh due to public demand to boycott the comedian. His well-meaning apology on social media also got a lot of flak, but then he came out denying all the allegations made against him. Nobody pressed charges, and the whole thing died down after a while. Whether Ahluwalia got the benefit of patriarchy or was a victim of conspiracy which took undue advantage of the #MeToo movement, who’s to say! But since all is well for the funnyman now, he’s back on the road with Host to Roast as well.
When All India Backchod (AIB) released the roast on Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in 2015, many people got offended for various reasons. All in all, it showed that India was not ready for such things at that time, but have the audiences evolved now? “In India, offence is not given, it is taken. Standup, as an art form, is still very new for Indian audiences and they will embrace it more and more as time goes by,” he says. Also, he is cautious to avoid such unwanted drama when he performs his roast set.
“I never cross the line and I also make fun of my life and situations, so it is always a level playing field,” says he.
Ahluwalia shares that he has lots of fond memories of Pune. “I have worked here in 2003, and have great friends in the city too. It is always good to see them and see the city grow,” he says, adding that his plan for the future is to “keep making people laugh for as long as I can.”
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The Entertainment Factory presents comedy night with Jeeveshu Ahluwalia at Liberty Square, Phoenix MarketCity on May 24, 8 pm onwards. Tickets available on bookmyshow.com