Biswa Kalyan Rath

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Biswa Kalyan Rath
Born (1989-12-27) 27 December 1989 (age 28) [1]
NationalityIndian
OccupationStand-up comedian, actor, software engineer
Years active2014–Present

Biswa Kalyan Rath is an Indian stand-up comedian, writer, and YouTuber. He came into prominence through a YouTube comedy series, Pretentious Movie Reviews[2] with fellow comedian Kanan Gill. He played a cameo role in Brahman Naman,[3] and another minor role in his show, Laakhon Mein Ek. He is from Odisha.

Career[edit]

After graduation from IIT Kharagpur in 2012, Biswa worked in graphic design, advertising, and software. It was during this time that he met Kanan Gill at an open mic event in Bangalore in 2013.[4] He quit his job at Oracle in 2014 to become a full-time comedian.[5]

Biswa and Kanan came up with the idea of the Pretentious Movie Reviews, a series of videos which soon went viral on YouTube. In this series, they review critically panned Bollywood films.[6] They chose Bollywood movies because it's so embedded in the Indian pop culture.[7] Their videos often get widely shared on social media, including by other celebrities.[8] In 2014, he performed his first live show along with Kanan Gill in Gurgaon.[9]

He started doing stand-up comedy in 2015 and went on his first solo national tour, Biswa In your face in September 2015, doing shows in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.[10] In 2015, he hosted the Comedy Hunt along AIB and other acclaimed comedians and also did a tour named Biswa Mast Aadmi.[11] He has also created a popular web series called "Laakhon Mein Ek" which released on Amazon Prime Video in October 2017.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2016 Brahman Naman Ilash Debut film (Cameo)

Web[13][edit]

Year Platform Name Notes
2014 YouTube Pretentious Movie Reviews Himself
2017 Amazon Video Biswa Mast Aadmi[14][15] Himself
2017 Amazon Video Laakhon Mein Ek[16] Created & Written by
Co-written by Vaspar Dandiwala
2017 Amazon Video Going Viral Pvt. Ltd. Episode #StartUp
2017 Youtube Son of Abish S2E8 with Kanan Gill
2017 Soundcloud AIB Video Podcast With Sumukhi Suresh
2018 Amazon Video Improv All Stars: Game Night Himself
2018 Amazon Video Comicstaan: Season 1 Judge

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vervemagazine.in/arts-and-culture/kanan-and-biswa-most-random-ever
  2. ^ "Pretentious Movie Reviews". Retrieved 5 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Cast of Brahman Naman". IMDB. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  4. ^ Apoorva Sripathi (9 March 2015). "Reels of fun". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  5. ^ Rhea Yadav (5 September 2014). "In Conversation With Biswa Kalyan Rath: Of Pretentiousness and Gamechanging". University Express. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  6. ^ ET Bureau (9 May 2014). "Reviewer duo Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath throw a few punches at bad Bollywood movies". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  7. ^ "During my IIT days, I realised I like joking more than engineering: Biswa Kalyan Rath - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  8. ^ Somya Lakhani (9 May 2014). "Boys of Bollywood". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  9. ^ Aanchal Tuli (22 August 2014). "Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath's first live show in Gurgoan". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  10. ^ Manali Shah (23 October 2015). "Most serious ever: Biswa on life before Pretentious Movie Reviews". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  11. ^ Hena Mehta (4 October 2015). "Comedians stand up and get counted". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Laakhon Mein Ek Trailer" – via Youtube.
  13. ^ "Biswa Kalyan Rath". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  14. ^ "2017: The year India's stand-up comics took a stroll even as they had a chance to run wild". scroll.in.
  15. ^ "Biswa Kalyan Rath on his new show Laakhon Mein Ek, and moving on from Pretentious Movie Reviews". firstpost.com.
  16. ^ "Laakhon Mein Ek: Comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath's Amazon Prime series asks some tough questions". India Today.

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