Biswa Kalyan Rath

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Biswa Kalyan Rath
Biswa Kalyan Rath.jpg
Born (1989-12-27) 27 December 1989 (age 30)[1]
Alma materIIT Kharagpur
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 the YouTube comedy series, Pretentious Movie Reviews[2] with fellow comedian Kanan Gill. He played a minor role in Brahman Naman,[3] and another minor role in the show, 'Laakhon Mein Ek' which he co wrote.


After graduation in Biotechnology 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 they are 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. He is also one of the most successful stand-up comedians in India along with Kanan Gill, Zakir Khan and Kenny Sebastian.[11] He has also created a popular web series called "Laakhon Mein Ek" which released on Amazon Prime Video in October 2017.[12] and appeared on HDFC Life's Behind the Journey video series[13]

During Covid-19 pandemic he along with fellow comedians Samay Raina and Vaibhav Sethia streamed many chess games on Raina's YouTube channel. Biswa Kalyan Rath says, "I like chess because it is a game that anybody can play at their own level and have the same level of braingasm. It’s very satisfying for the brain to create and solve these mini puzzles inside the match. As you play more, you start to discover that it’s more and more elegant." [14]



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


Year Platform Name Notes
2014 YouTube Pretentious Movie Reviews Himself
2017 Amazon Video Biswa Mast Aadmi[16][17] Himself
2017 Amazon Video Laakhon Mein Ek: Season 1[18] Created & Written by Biswa Kalyan Rath
Co-written by Vaspar Dandiwala & Karan Agarwal
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
2019 Amazon Video Laakhon Mein Ek: Season 2[19] Created & Written by Biswa Kalyan Rath
Co-written by Abhishek Sengupta & Hussain Haidry
2019 Amazon Video Comicstaan: Season 2 Judge
2019 Amazon Video Sushi[20] Himself


  1. ^ "Kanan and Biswa: Most Random Ever". 16 November 2015.
  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. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. 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 13 November 2018.
  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. ^ "Behind the Journey with Biswa" – via Youtube.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Biswa Kalyan Rath". IMDb. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  16. ^ "2017: The year India's stand-up comics took a stroll even as they had a chance to run wild".
  17. ^ "Biswa Kalyan Rath on his new show Laakhon Mein Ek, and moving on from Pretentious Movie Reviews".
  18. ^ "Laakhon Mein Ek: Comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath's Amazon Prime series asks some tough questions". India Today.
  19. ^ Farzeen, Sana (12 April 2019). "Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2 actor Shweta Tripathi: Biswa Kalyan Rath is quite a serious guy". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Biswa Kalyan Rath's Amazon Special Sushi Packs Enough of the Wasabi Punch". Film Companion. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2020.

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