Bhubaneswar, June 15 (LocalWire) His humour has often been described as “intellectual and authoritative”. Meet Rupesh Mahore, an undergraduate student of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela and one of the popular faces of stand-up comedy in eastern India.
A student of Physics, his primary area of research is Nanotechnology, which revolves around thin films, nanowires, and nano-crystals, he has also worked under H C Verma, the best-selling author of the book Concept of Physics.
He also has an interest in Astrophysics and Thermodynamics of Black Hole and has been selected to work at ISRO for project Chandrayaan-2.
In an interaction with Abhisek Pani of LocalWire, he talks about his love for comedy and how it is picking up in eastern India.
Q: How did you get into standup comedy?
RM: I discovered my nag with stage and mike when I was in school. I used to watch videos of the American comedian George Carlin and wanted to go on stage and share my opinion. Subsequently, I realized the need for satire and comedy that can magnetize the audience.
Q: Do you think stand-up comedy has some similarity with acting on stage?
RM: Stand-up comedy is less than a 15-year-old industry in India, while on the rest of the planet it’s a century old art. It’s very different but storytelling has a bit of resemblance with the old form of monocots.
Q: Stand-up comedy as a trend has really picked up in India and has its own market which may be growing bigger than the cinema. What do you think?
RM: Honestly, I don’t see much good comedy movies hitting the theatre. Of those, you can’t see the ‘Hera Pheri’ series again and again. Moreover, genres and interests change with time. So, standup comedy keeps a better tap to suit the audience’s niche. Of course, the flooding of standup comedy shows indicates that its high on demand.
Q: You must be working on varieties of genres. How do you gather such ideas?
RM: Since I am a budding comic, I explore all genres – surreal, deadpan, anecdotes or even one-liners. What I mostly see developing inside me are anecdotes about my daily life and slightly about academics.
Q: So would you say that the environment at the NIT has helped you to nurture your skills?
RM: I prepare my content from things going around my life and NIT is full of contents. There are so many things happening around which you can’t resist making a joke.
Q: Do you see the trend of standup comedy increasing in Odisha?
RM: Yes, it’s booming like anything. Open Mic and standup comedy have increased many folds. In Odisha, I have friends who run Bhubaneswar Komedians, a group that works in various fields of comical entertainment.
Q: How many shows have you done so far, except those at the NIT?
RM: I have done nearly 112 shows in 18 cities, in the last four years. I have been a known face in the eastern circuit of comedians. I have shared the stage with popular artists like Zakir Khan, Sorabh Pant and others.
Q: So, how should we describe you: a comedian who loves Physics or a Physicist who loves comedy?
RM: Each of them shares a symbiotic relationship. In addition, of course, physics is my passion. I had got a Textile Engineering at IIT-Delhi. I dropped the idea and later joined into NIT-Rourkela in Physics. For me, Physics allows me to understand the world better, while stand-up comedy as a liberating art form gives me solace.