THE UPSHOT
Biswa finds humour in the simple life experiences that he turns into highly relatable jokes. Expect funny takes on the day-to-day ordeals of the middle-class man delivered with his trademark delivery.

Director: Siddharth Vasani
Writer: Biswa Kalyan Rath
Cast: Biswa Kalyan Rath
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Biswa Kalyan Rath’s first stand-up special on Amazon Prime, Biswa Mast Aadmi (2017), was a runaway hit with the fans. He took us through the journey of his life, from school and college up until the start of his career as a comedian. The set was abundant with hilarious stories and sketches of the unique personalities he’s come across. In his second special, Sushi, that dropped on Amazon Prime a few days ago, he looks at everyday moments with a quirky eye.

He describes the show in terms of a plate of sushi. It’s a “a carefully assorted platter of raw but delicate jokes skillfully assembled with great care and precision from thinly sliced observations caught from the sea of existence of humanity on planet earth that leaves your soul feeling cheerful, happy, content and light.” Biswa rants about everything from signboards and TV commercials to Indian households, all in a loud, energetic register. Here’s what you can expect from this thoroughly entertaining stand-up special.

When bad network comes in the way of making threats

Biswa takes up an an ordeal faced by all of us, poor cell reception. He imagines a scenario in which one wants to issue a threat to someone over the phone but the network keeps breaking up. He also tells us what happens when you dial your own number.

Yo mama so passive aggressive

Biswa talks about the passive aggression of Indian moms and doesn’t hold back from making jokes at the expense of his own mother. In the process, he points out the various quirks of an Indian household.

Yeah science, b*tch!

This is the moment that makes you sit up. To prove a point about the Indian householder’s obsession with cleaning, Biswa performs a “science experiment” on stage which is quite brilliant.

Gossip is important

Biswa believes that true happiness lies in indulging in gossip, because nothing gives humans more satisfaction. He goes on to explain the intricacies of gossip, such as the ideal strength of a gossip group, the process of gossip and why state board students aren’t great at it.

You can’t bank on banks

The only assured outcome of dealing with Indian banks is frustration. Take the trial involved in filling a form. Biswa rants about this and other workings of banks and talks about his favourite bank (the “lunch break of India”).