Actor and YouTuber Bhuvan Bam is currently riding high on the success of Dhindora - his first show which is a culmination of the universe of characters created by his own self. In a recent at length interview with Pune Times, the comedian talked about looking back on his journey of being a star now and consciously staying away from jokes about politics and topics that are considered 'controversial' in India.
First, he said, “I feel, social media has been extremely revolutionary because it has changed how entertainment and talent are looked at. Back in the day when someone had to showcase their talent, they had to stand in a queue, give several rounds of auditions, and even after that, they weren’t sure if they had been selected or people thought they were good enough. Social media has blurred those lines and removed that barrier wherein someone else would decide if you’re talented or not. Today, you simply shoot your video, edit them on free software and applications and upload them on platforms. Not only do these platforms give you a reach, but also pay you,."
He added, “Ab koi kisi ka mautaj nahin hai. Ab aisa nahin hai ki koi humein kaam dega tabhi hum kar payenge. Hum khud hi content banakar upload kar dete hai. Logon ko accha lagta hain, to reach badhti hai. The only downside? There is a content creator in every house (laughs!). I feel the pandemic has further encouraged people to trust the internet and explore the space more than ever before.”
Talking about consciously stayed away from jokes on politics and topics that are considered ‘controversial’ in India. “ Career shuru hote hi samajh gaya that ki kuch cheezon se door rehna hai. I stay away from doing comedy on politics, religion, and don’t indulge in 'insult comedy'. I am no expert on politics or religion so why crack jokes on them and offend people. There are about 19-20 characters in my vines and they insult each other which the audiences find funny and I get to express my creativity through them. Waise bhi India me content ki kam nahin. Aap newspaper khol ke dekh lo, din ke 10 joke toh aapko wahan mil jaenge. I do social commentary and satire but don’t want to get into politics and communal-related jokes."
It can be safe to say that Bam is indeed one of the most successful social media creators on the tube lately.