Actor Sanjeev Bhaskar said he feels comedy can be a “powerful” way to explore social and political topics, as it can provide perspective, rather than debate becoming “politics and weaponization”.
haskar, 58, is known for his work on the sketch comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and for being the star of the sitcom The Kumars at No. 42 is about an Indian-British family.
Reflecting on how comedy can provide another avenue for exploring stereotypes and stereotypes, he told PA news agency: “There are two elements to humor that I think are incredibly powerful. and one is for yourself, it’s humor and sarcasm that bring you immediately the law of near and far.”
He added: “Something scares you, the fear overwhelms you, it’s just a fear, it’s a horrible thing.
“But if you can do it from a different angle, it can be ridiculous and it can be silly.
“It doesn’t make it not scary, or not horrible, but you suddenly have a point because that’s not the only thing it’s about anymore.”
Bhaskar continued: “The other thing about expressing these things through humor is that it suddenly becomes palatable in such a way that a direct fact can still be scary and it can still be scary, that you could dress a little better.”
The actor, who created and starred in BBC Two’s Goodness Gracious Me, which explores British Asian culture, says much of the discussion in the show is based on social observations and stereotypes.
He notes that almost everything he’s ever done on screen has been a reaction to prejudices.
I think one of the problems that seems to have emerged is the lack of compassion and generosity towards the possibility of others making mistakes.Sanjeev Bhaskar
“I think there’s a laziness in the stereotypes and maybe growing up I feel like I’m burdened with some of that because the way I look, because of my name, there’s going to be a lot of things. many assumptions about me,” he said.
Bhaskar says being bullied by racism growing up affects his self-worth but he feels controversial topics like this have been “a bit bad”.
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“The fact that racism, sexism and discrimination can be discussed is, I think, a good thing because there can be debate,” he said.
“The opposite is, I think the debate went a little bit badly and so now all the debate is suddenly political and weaponized.
“And I think one of the problems that seems to have emerged is the lack of compassion and tolerance for other people to make mistakes.
“Now, if you admit to a mistake, especially on social media, which is not a great barometer of anything, you will be condemned for it and ridiculed, ridiculed, and ridiculed. offense.
“I mean, we’re all human, we all make mistakes, that’s how we learn, that’s how humanity has evolved.
“However, there still seems to be a lack of compassion, generosity and grace towards anyone else who can make mistakes and improve.”
The actor added that he feels people who attack others for making mistakes “need to be treated” because he felt they were living in a “bubble of fear” that if they didn’t attack other people in the past few days. In this case, they will become targets.
Bhaskar recently spoke about his own mental health and experience in therapy, among many other topics, with Dr Sukh, for his series The Waiting Room.
Dr Sukh said: “It was a surreal experience interviewing Sanjeev, someone I admire as an actor.
“I grew up watching his sketches and his subsequent movies and TV shows.
“The greatest privilege has been to see that as a person he remains humble and kind and that his talents are matched with his equally vast benevolence.
“It was an honor to interview and call him a friend.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/sanjeev-bhaskar-on-how-comedy-can-be-powerful-way-to-explore-social-topics-42031982.html Sanjeev Bhaskar on how comedy can be a ‘powerful’ way to explore social themes