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Kanan Gill
Occupation:Actor • Screenplay • Writer
Born:December 24, 1989
Birthplace:Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Best remembered as one-half of the comedian from Pretentious Movie Reviews, Kanan Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian and actor. After having performed at various stand-up shows, Kanan made his acting debut in 2017 with the comedy drama Noor, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Shibani Dandekar, and Purab Kohli in pivotal roles.

Early Life
Born to Colonel CS Gill and his wife, Kanan hails from Bengaluru, where he grew up with his sister Natasha Gill. Kanan studied at the Ahlcon Public School in New Delhi, after which he was moved to The Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore. He then pursued a B.E. in Computer Science at M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, which is affiliated to the Visvesvaraya Technological University. Upon graduating, he started working with the Exter Group in 2011 as a software engineer.

Stand-Up Career
Not entirely content with his job, Kanan considered a potential career in stand-up comedy and participated in Punchline Bangalore, winning it, following which he won at the Comedy Store in Mumbai. Kanan juggled between his job and open mics in Bengaluru before he quit working after almost three years of being associated with Exter. Since then, he has performed at various locations across the country and venues. However, he gained recognition after he collaborated with Biswa Kalyan Rath on Pretentious Movie Reviews on YouTube. As part of Pretentious Movie Reviews, Kanan and Biswa reviewed movies like Gunda, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge, Kya Kehna, Jaani Dushman, Rudraksh, Prem Aggan, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Disco Dancer, Tum Mere Ho, and Aapka Suroor, pointing out the most ridiculous flaws, dialogues, and plots of the movies.

Meanwhile, he also posted various videos on his YouTube channel and came up with series like Dudes, How Insensitive!, Feelings with Kanan, and Olds and News. Having gained enough popularity and recognition, he appeared on Comedy Central`s improv sketch show The Living Room, which featured Kenny Sebastian in the lead.

Movie Career
One of the most popular and recognized stand-up comedian, Kanan was signed by Sunhil Sippy`s comedy drama Noor, which features Sonakshi Sinha in the lead with Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli in pivotal roles. Kanan is seen playing the lead character`s best friend Saad in the movie, which is based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz`s novel Karachi, You`re Killing Me!, which explores the misadventures and love of Noor, a journalist, as she attempts to get a hold on her life in Mumbai.

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Did You Know? (2)

  • Kanan Gill is a certified software engineer who gave up his job in order to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
  • Kanan Gill met Biswa Kalyan Rath during one of the open mics in Bengaluru where they began discussing Bollywood movies and ridiculing most facts about them, which helped them come up with the concept of Pretentious Movie Reviews.
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