Intelligent comedy comes to town with Aisi Taisi Democracy
INDIAN Ocean bass-player and singer Rahul Ram, lyricist of Gangs of Wasseypur fame Varun Grover, and comedian-actor Sanjay Rajoura team up for a socio-political comedy show, Aisi Taisi Democracy (ATD). The comedy project, which also includes music, took off last May, and has been touring the country since. Currently, it’s basking in the success of their recently-released Mere Saamne Waali Sarhad Pe, a song highlighting the similarities between India and Pakistan.
Rajoura and Grover have always liked each other’s sense of humour and planned to collaborate. But Grover wanted to add music so Rajoura’s friend, Ram, came on board. “Absurdities always invite satire and mockery. Our collective fallacies and quirks tickle our funny bones. With our country, it seems the best way to draw attention to shortcomings,” says Ram.
Music and lyrics
Telling us how they create the act, Rajoura says, “Usually Varun and I meet shortly before the show and discuss the topics. We write songs and later, Rahul adds his opinion and composes them. Then, we finalise the entry and exit points. A lot of it is spontaneous chemistry on stage.”
So far they have not received any backlash for their no-holds-barred act. “We are just artistes, voicing opinions through humour and music. This paranoia is spread by extremists for their own selfish gains. Being politically incorrect is quite normal in any functioning democracy,” says Grover, adding that even the trio is not always on the same page. “Discussing creative differences and focusing on commonalities help. We comment on each other’s views on stage itself,” Ram signs off.
September 7. 5 pm and 7.30 pm. At Alliance Francaise, Vasant Nagar. Tickets (Rs.500 up) on bookmyshow.com
— Barkha Kumari