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Livewire Shekhar

Shekhar Suman's short stand-up act kept the audience in splits

Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

MOST have an idea of his trademark style - which evokes laughs and guffaws in large measure. At times the mere sight of him may send many into peals. Shekhar Suman has the ability to carry on with panache and seriousness. While he may keep the audience in splits, his expressions change from a serious look to a happy smile. But there is no doubt about his captivating power. And he displayed this in a short performance - a `stand-up' act at the Kakatiya Sheraton for a group of doctors. Shekhar was in town to inaugurate two new branches of the VLCC (Vandana Luthra's Curves and Curves).

Shekhar took centre-stage after presentation of various programmes of VLCC and breathed life into an evening (rather a night). His short act of about 15 minutes proved beyond doubt that Shekhar is livewire. After waiting patiently for an hour listening to presentation after presentation, Shekhar started off by saying "listening to all this I have become thin but gyan aur wazan badh gaya. Let's enjoy the evening though there is not much of an evening left."

From then on he charted his usual course - political satire and lampooning of his `favourite' characters - Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Sonia Gandhi and Laloo Prasad Yadav. Shekhar was at his witty best. Films, cricket, politics and religion are popular subjects and so his jokes were a take-off on these. While one may laugh it off, some of the issues taken up are thought-provoking.

A sample of his `jokes':

*Amitabh Bachchan was roped in by Cadbury to clean the insects and for doing so he took Rs. 10 crore. And he mimicked Big B's voice as well.

*These days there is not much of an audience for Hindi films. At one theatre more people were asked to be sent inside as they were just four people - two people and the other two were their saayas (shadows).

*Milk is these days adulterated with shampoo, detergent, paint and urea. There are positive and negative effects. Doodh is multi-purpose - if it's left over then one can wash one's hair, one can use it in the washing machine, in the garden and even to paint the walls - here Shekhar sang the famous tune of the Nerolac ad in his own way - deewaron ko swasth, akarsh banaye...

*My wife and I were dating now we are intimidating.

*What started as puppy love has gone to the dogs.

*As a finale, Shekhar narrated the political scene - government versus the opposition in a swift running commentary cricket style while the audience heard in bated breath and enjoyed the few moments of humour Shekhar ishtyle!

R.R.

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