Rasika Dugal on her latest project and the web’s need for funding
FOR someone who can’t crack a joke without breaking into peals of laughter, actress Rasika Dugal’s stint in The Viral Fever’s latest web series Humorously Yours is an achievement of sorts. “I was very impressed with Pitchers and Permanent Roommates. Having acted for a little bit in the
latter’s second season, I was hoping for something longer for me, with them. So when Humorously Yours happened, it was a step forward in the right direction,” says the Qissa actress.
The series, which premiered this week, traces the life of a stand-up comic and what life is like between the puns. On playing popular comic Vipul Goyal’s wife in the series, she says, “I am not a big fan of stand-up comedy, because most of them resort to sex jokes, which really aren’t funny beyond a point. But with Vipul, there’s a lot of light, relatable observational humour, which one
seldom gets tired of.”
Call for change
The 31-year-old actress has her hands full, having completed Shor Se Shuruaat, an omnibus of short stories, apart from other projects like the TV Show P.O.W — Bandi Yuddh Ke, directed by Nikhil Advani. “People today are extremely tech savvy and most of them are self-taught. I come from a school of thought which believes that to learn something you need to go to a class,” she adds.
She is quick to point, however, that the web, with all its perks, also gets away with low production values. “With big names and increasing popularity of the format, more funding can do content a whole lot of good,” she says. Basking in the success of her short film Chutney, where she starred alongside Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain, the Mumbai-based actress will soon be seen in Manto, Nandita Das’ film on the legendary Saadat Hasan Manto, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead.