Ali Asgar is known to play women characters on multiple comedy shows, most popular being The Kapil Sharma Show. He also featured in comedy shows such as FIR and Jeannie Aur Juju, but the actor gained humongous popularity playing the character of “Dadi” in Comedy Nights with Kapil and followed it up with The Kapil Sharma Show.
In an interview with PTI, Ali admitted being bored of playing women characters. He said,
“I am now bored of playing female characters because I have nothing new to offer to it. Unless it’s written well. Now drag is taken for granted. That just because a man is doing a female character, it’s funny. It is not! There’s no novelty.”
The actor further said that the newnessof his character, the energetic Punjabi Dadi in Comedy Nights with Kapil worked big time but also admitted that the steam soon ran out.
Talking about other opportunities, Ali said that he rejected a lot of them, because he was offered repotituve characters. He said,
“I need some character sketch. Like what is the purpose, nuances, back story of the character? You can’t say ‘sir you are experienced, you’ll pull it off’… It doesn’t work like that.”
If someone needed a female character in a drag, the channel or production would only approach me. My argument was: why me in a drag? But they used to say audience wants only me in a drag because I do it the best. Trust me, for seven months I had to sit at home because I was getting the same offer before I got Jeannie Aur Juju. This was the time I was doing Comedy Circus, award shows, among others,” he added.
He also went on to say that the “writing on TV is so weak” that he often struggles to add nuances to his characters as there is nothing new to do. Ali said,
I’m mentally out of playing female characters, unless the material is strong. You at least give me 50 percent character sketch and then I’ll bring my own 50 percent nuances to it,”
Ali is also a part of the upcoming horror movie, Amavas, featuring Nargis Fakhri and Sachiin Joshi. The movie will hit the theatres on February 8.
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