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ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY
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CHATLINE ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY turns the spotlight on four youngsters engaged in the business of comedy and learns that it’s serious work after all

The moment I say ‘goofy’, Aravind and Aswin look confused. “But our acts are usually serious,” says Aswin and Aravind agrees. “I am almost always angry on stage,” he adds. Trying to photograph four of Chennai’s funniest men (on stage) is quite a task, since you are torn between herding them into the frame and bursting into a guffaw. Much like their on-stage personalities, they mock each other, improvise in front of the camera, sing out loud and give me a checklist of things that need to be in the photograph. “This watch,” says Aravind matter-of-factly while Aswin whispers, “His shoes! His shoes!” And yet, the word ‘goofy’ seems to have stumped them. “Why do stand-up comedians have to look funny? Our acts are funny, our faces aren’t,” they chorus.

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