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Tanishaa: Next time someone irritates you, laugh at them

Last updated on: April 23, 2014 18:50 IST

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'I have one sister who loves to crack jokes on me. I have four older cousins so I got teased the most, and had to learn to laugh at myself. My mother always said that if you can't laugh at yourself, you can't be happy.'

Tanishaa Mukherjee gives some life lessons.

Tanishaa Mukherjee has left Bigg Boss 7 behind and moved on to comedy, with her latest television show called Gangs of Hasseepur. She will judge the show along with Mandira Bedi. 

Even though she admits that television changed a lot of things for her, she refuses to discuss ‘close friend’ and Bigg Boss housemate Armaan Kohli.

Gangs Of Hasseepur is a variety comedy show, which will have different formats -- stand up comedy, role play, skits and spoofs. It premieres on April 26, on Zee TV.  

Tanishaa talks to Rajul Hegde about the show and much more. 

How did the show come to you? 

Namit Sharma (programming head of Zee), worked with me on the film Neal N Nikki years ago. I realised he was working on the show only after I signed. 

I liked the idea of judging a comedy show. There are a lot of comedy shows on television and I watch some of them which are quite funny. 

The concept of Gangs of Hasseepur uses social situations. I thought it will be an intelligent discourse. It sounded like a different kind of comedy show. That's the reason I agreed to be part of it. 

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Image: Tanishaa Mukherjee
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'My mother always said that if you can't laugh at yourself, you can't be happy'

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How strong is your funny bone?

I love to laugh. You must have seen that on the reality show (Bigg Boss).

Wherever I could, I laughed out loudly. I was always seen happy and laughing and having fun on the show. I am a happy person.

Can you take jokes on yourself?

My mother taught me at a very young age the art of taking jokes sportingly and laughing at myself.

I have one sister who loves to crack jokes on me. I have four older cousins so I got teased the most, and had to learn to laugh at myself. My mother always said that if you can't laugh at yourself, you can't be happy.

My family is looking forward to this show. Hopefully, it will amuse them as much as it amuses me.


Image: Kajol, Tanuja and Tanishaa
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar
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'Before Bigg Boss happened to me, people had a different opinion about me'

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Why do another reality show? 

I think after dealing with so much pressure and negativity when you come out (of the Bigg Boss house), you need to relax.

I strongly believe that laughter is the cure for everything. So I just want to laugh everything away. 

Laughter is the best medicine; it is very important in everybody's life. It makes you feel lighter, happy and a better person. 

I think we should all laugh at our woes and sorrows. 

Next time someone irritates you, laugh at them... trust me, that will irritate them more (laughs). 

How has life changed after Bigg Boss? 

I think I have changed a little bit and therefore life has changed for me. I have become more approachable and open. 

I've got a lot of positive feedback. Now, people meet me as a friend and I like that. 

TV has changed a lot of things for me. The more you do, the more people will see you. 

Before Bigg Boss happened to me, people had a different opinion about me. They never knew the real me.


Image: Tanishaa and Sofia Hayat in Bigg Boss 7

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'Comedy is very difficult to do'

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Who is your all time favourite comedian?

Charlie Chaplin is my idol. It’s unbelievable that all his movies still make me laugh.

Comedy is very difficult to do. It's the hardest genre.

Hat's off to comedians like Raju Srivastav and Suresh Menon that they do it without much effort. Hopefully, I will learn from them and then I can also crack a few jokes on the show (smiles).


Image: Armaan Kohli and Tanishaa Mukherjee
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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'Every Indian has to be clued in so that you make a conscious decision when you vote'

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How clued in are you about politics since the show is on election-related issues and this is the season of elections?

In this age, if any Indian is not clued in about it, they must be sent out of India (laughs) 

Seriously, I think every Indian has to be clued in so that you make a conscious decision when you vote. 

I am not saying that I listen to all the panel discussions or I know all the politicians. But I know the important ones and I know what’s happening in my country and city. 

I know where the problems are and I know what I want. And that’s what is important (smiles). 


Image: Tanuja and Tanishaa
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