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Meet the youngest comic star on TV
March 12, 2009
At seven, Saloni Daini is the youngest stand-up comedian in the telly world. She's the most talented in her age group too, proven by the fact that she won Colors' comedy reality show, Chhote Miyan, last week.
The Pune-based girl is not new to television. She has faced the camera from the age of three, acting in Marathi serials, two Marathi films, a music album for Disney, and Hindi film Dhoom Kate with Amol Palekar. She also mimicks film stars and politicians, and was seen in the promos of Shah Rukh Khan's [Images] Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain.
Saloni talks to Rajul Hegde about fame, comedy and more.
So how did you do comedy, and think of new acts?
I will be paired with Rajeev Thakkur in Chhote Miyan Bade Miyan. He's a good mentor.
Which was your best act?
Did you make friends on the show?
Do people recognise you on the streets?
Did this show affect your studies?
Will we see you in TV serials next?
Who is your favourite actor?
Saloni's mother Sanyogita, a psychologist, says, "Saloni was consistent throughout the show. She started doing comedy from the age of three, by watching comedy shows on TV. She would entertain everyone in school with her Gangubhai act during fancy dress competitions. We will save the prize money of Rs 11 lakhs in a fixed deposit. She will decide what she wants to do with it when she grows up."