It’s the silly season on news television

March 21, 2009

Since we are on the internet, has anyone made a computer that generates its own jokes? People may have tried to make one, but thankfully, they haven’t succeeded yet. Imagine clicking a button and the computer telling you a joke.
Comedy is serious business. In fact it demands a high form of intelligence. Try telling a joke to a dimwit man and you’ll know what I mean.
Political satire is the flavor of the month on TV and I am adding my bit to it. Almost every news channel has a programme that lampoons politicians. I have one too. It’s called Ding Dong on Sakshi TV.
I guess some of my punchlines are in your face, but I tell my crew to never hit below the belt. It is a 30-minute spoof but the jokes are never crude. It is not meant to show any politician in poor light.
You may not agree, but satire is a way of making people aware of issues. People who are bored with politics can be informed about the issues of this election through satire.
Curiously, comedy often is the only way of telling the truth. After all, some truth may unpalatable and a joke is the only way of conveying it.

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March 20, 2009

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Something for everyone in the family

March 19, 2009

I think politics influences every aspect of our lives. Yet the way we practice politics today makes people turn away from it. To me, politics has always been about public service, about putting people first and making decisions that are best for them. I believe in prajala kosam rajakeeyam.

Politics does not have to be ugly. Politics has to be relevant and respectable. Because, it’s only through politics that we can address the people’s problems.

People often ask me why I have become associated with the Congress party. I have known Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for 20 years. I believe that he has the best vision for the development of our state. He believes that society can be improved only from the grassroots. He sees society as a family. Each member has different needs. And society can only be developed if each member of the family is looked after.

The thing that I find most notable about Rajasekhara Reddy is that he practices what he preaches. I don’t think there is another chief minister in the country who has delivered every promise he made in 2004. If you look at the welfare measures taken by his government, there’s something for every member of the family. There are pensions for old people; there are easy loans for students; there is free power and irrigation for farmers; there is easy credit for women self-help groups.

My support for YSR sits easy with my conscience as an artiste.

No one can match Relangi and Ramana Reddy

March 18, 2009

Like most comedians of today, I grew up watching the incomparable duo Relangi and Ramana Reddy. No comedian has can even close to them. They were the Laurel and Hardy of Telugu cinema. Relangi’s walk and Ramana Reddy’s way of shrugging and his Nellore dialect used to leave me in splits. They never used any profanity and yet they could make you your stomach ache with laughter.
Bramhanadam, Suttivelu, Veerabhadra Rao are extremely good comedians of our time. I really enjoy their routines.
As for me, it’s been a long journey for me. From being a stage performer and radio artiste to the movies. I may be a successful actor today but what I remember most fondly are those days when I wrote serials such as Anaganaga Oka Shobha for Doordarshan. Those were days of struggle but they were also fulfilling.
As a comedian, I am happy if I can make a depressed man smile and forget the mundane struggles of life.

How I became a blogger

March 17, 2009

I am not internet savvy. I use email to keep in touch with friends and reply to mails sent by my fans. But anything else about the internet was Greek and Latin to me: uploads, downloads, software, hardware, modems, speeds, bytes, browsers, settings, hard drives, soft drives.
But, as we all know, we have much to learn from our children. My sons, Rohan Sandeep and Brahma Teja, have always been prodding me to write my own ‘blog’. A blog, they explained, is something like a blank page in a diary. I can write my thoughts in it, just like in my diary. Seemed simple enough to me. Sandeep was emphatic: “Naanagaru, did you know that Barack Obama used the internet to communicate the need for change. How can a man in your place not use the internet to communicate your ideas?”
I got the point, and here I am.

Ding Dong

March 2, 2009