Actor turned Anchor/stand up comedian, Balraj has impressed one and all by his spectacular act as a host on Colors’ Entertainment ki Raat. The show has hosted celebrities like Govinda, Vidya Balan, Richa Chadha and Sohail khan among others, all of whom have been impressed with Balraj’s witty humour and spontaneous one liners.
Balraj was part of successful shows in the past as well, namely, ‘The great Indian laughter challenge’ ‘Comedy Circus’ ‘Comedy Nights Bachao 2’ and so on. And will be soon seen in Comedy Circus.
While his natural flair for comedy is a known fact, Balraj has faced the camera for films as well and have been part of these Punjabi films,- ‘Heer and Hero’, ‘Jatt boys putt jatan de’ and ‘Kabaddi once again’.
One critical factor that works in Balraj’s favor is the fact that he is a writer as well and pays keen attention to his lines on the show. He has previously written for comedy shows like ‘comedy nights bachao’ and ‘Comedy nights live’. He has also written for Punjabi films, ‘Ambarsariya’, ‘Kaptaan’ and ‘Saddey CM Saab’.
Indiabakar had a pleasure interviewing the comdey star Balraj. Here are the excerpts form the interview
How has been your journey so far?
Journey has been very good so far. If I have to evaluate my journey I would say that if we are going forward then it’s a good sign. Some people have a smooth run, some drive very quickly and get help of navigation systems, while for some, ups and downs become the part of the journey and that has been the case with me, but eventually I feel I am on the right path.
Which of your career stints were your best experiences?
Anything you do for the first time is the best experience for you. I started with Laughter Challenge, however I couldn’t make it till the end, but the experience was good. I did a show ‘Comedy Dangal’ on &Tv, which was pure stand up and it was great. Then ‘Entertainment Ki Raat’ I did, where I was completely myself and I enjoyed doing that and I guess that has been the best as it opened avenues for me in life. I met a lot of people, got a lot of work and worked with biggest of names for whom you had to take tickets in black to see them. So when you see appreciation coming from them, it feels out of the world.
You visited Bigg Boss last year. How was your experience? Do you watch the show?
Last year I visited Bigg Boss a number of times. It’s a good show, life changing for many and challenging for people. It brings the real out of you when you stay out of contacts for a long time. Whenever possible I try to catch the show, especially for Salman bhai. This time Deepika, Neha, Srishti and Karanveer are some of my friends inside the house. I hope one of them wins the show.
Do you wish to be a part of the show as a participant?
Well, you don’t decide this way whether to be a part of some show or not. This year I am not, but can’t say for future. Depends on the offer and a lot of other factors.
What do you enjoy more – comedy acts or hosting?
Comedy is my job, my bread and butter. That’s how I started my career. So I cannot say that I don’t enjoy comedy. But, yes I do enjoy being myself, which happens when hosting a show. Both go hand in hand for me. But if at all I have to choose I am more comfortable when I am Balraj, which I get to be when I host a show.
How was your experience working in Punjabi cinema?
It was great working in Punjabi cinema. We cannot compare between TV and cinema. But, I have learnt a lot. When I didn’t have work on TV I got work in Punjabi cinema and I learnt a lot, met a lot of people. I also got to work on good projects like ‘Ambarsariya’, ‘Kaptaan’, etc. Punjabi cinema is growing. But, more professionalism and corporate environment is required in Punjabi cinema. But you learn a lot, you earn money also. So I have got extensive writing experience which can be very useful for me.
Any plans for Hindi cinema?
Currently, I don’t have a plan for Hindi cinema for myself, but if Hindi cinema has a plan for me then I will definitely do. If I get some good work in films, I am all open for it. There is one in the bucket, but cannot be disclosed yet. But, yes I am eager to work in Hindi cinema. “Mumbai mein reh kar Hindi cinema nahi kiya to kya ukhada zindagi mein (Laughs).”