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Sunil Grover: For me, comedy is a medicine and the one who makes you laugh,a pharmacy

By Bombay Talkies 07 28, 2019 | 08:18 AM
Sunil Grover started his career in the ’90s alongside late comedian Jaspal Bhatti in the TV show' Full Tension'.
When the actor was in Dubai recently, prepping up for a live stageperformance, a lady walked up to him, surprised him with a hug and a warm“thank you” for getting her out of depression. “As an actor, one doesn’trealise the impact one has on the lives of others because we’re mostlyworking in a closed environment like a studio. But it’s beautiful when yousee the smiles you bring to the faces of people,” Sunil admits.The actor who was last seen in the Salman Khan period drama ' Bharat',reveals that this wasn’t the first time this has happened to him. “A few daysago, I was waiting to catch a flight in the airport lounge when a lady cameup to me and confided that she used to have 100 mg of depression pills, thedosage has now gone down to 10 mg because of my TV shows and live acts.Over time I have realised that humour de-stresses people. For me, comedy’sa medicine and the one who makes you laugh, a pharmacy,” he asserts.From Rishi Kapoor to Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan, actors acrossgenerations have admitted that the toughest thing for an actor is to makepeople laugh. “Yes, comedy is difficult and being a comedian is tough,” heacknowledges. Ask him on how he got into comedy, and he replies, “Itcomes naturally to me, but I had to constantly polish my skills. As a child Iused to mimic family members and teachers and slowly started taking partin interschool competitions and before I knew it, it had become myprofession,” he smiles.The 41-year old actor goes down the memory lane to talk about the stageact that changed his life. “I decided to become an actor at a very early ageand remember participating in a competition when in the eighth grade. I hadto limit my performance to seven minutes but didn’t keep track of time. Ididn’t even hear the warning bell because I was only focused on the peoplesitting in front of me who were laughing uproariously. I was disqualified as Iwas on stage for 12 minutes, but I consider that my biggest victory as I couldhold the audience for such a long time,” he recalls, adding that that’s whenhe realised the power of humour. “I still remember that character’s name,Mariyaal Singh' Pisaddiram'.”Sunil recently posted a picture on Instagram with the caption “D3” sparkingoff speculations that he had signed Salman’s cop-drama, ' Dabangg 3'. Theactor laughs off the rumour, saying, “I was trying to rectify my Vitamin D3deficiency by standing in the sun.”