I used to love it when my grand father sat on his old wooden rocking chair and mimicked Shahrukh Khan or Sunny Deol while all the children of the family made ourselves comfortable with pillows and quilts. Mimicry is something we all enjoy no matter what the subject is. What better medicine then a good healthy laughter to keep the soul beaming and the lips stretched from one ear to the next for a happy smile. It has been around the corner for ages; early men used mimicry to wade off animals or to communicate their thoughts with one another. With time it has transmogrified and become more of an art to practice.
India has some brilliant mimicry masters who will leave you wide eyed after their performance. Though most of the mimicry spins around Bollywood actors, you can always spot an artist taking the path lesser taken. People like Sudesh Bhosle, Sugandha Mishra, Sumedh Shinde and VIP have elevated the standard of mimicry and helped it bring to stage where a common man can sit down sipping his tea and enjoy the show.
Sudesh Bhosle(pic above) is popular for dubbing Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Khanna. Born in 1960, he polished his talent for mimicry in early childhood. He was inspired by Kishore Kumar and wanted to imitate him. He went on to sing many songs for Sanjeev Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan and is often called as the King of Mimicry.
Sugandha Mishra is a young Indian lady who blends singing with mimicry in the most unusual way. Hailing from the small and jolly town of Jalandhar, she is packed with energy and a unique sense of humor. She has been a part of many comedy shows and has been a part of numerous shows and concerts.
Dentists are like monsters for children, plucking out teeth with their tongs (critics please spare me on this one). Sumedh Shinde is a dentist from a different league all together, he makes you laugh till you run out of breath. He has been a part of many comedy shows like Laugh India Laugh, Asli Number 1 and Hello Kaun Pehchan Kaun.
Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar or famously known as VIP is a gem of a mimicry artist. He has the enthralling capacity to mimic over 50 different actors and actresses. He was the winner of Comedy Circus season 2 and performed in Dekh India Dekh. The guy is simply beyond words when it comes to mimicry and is capable of devouring you to pieces with his wits and amazing mimicry.
Which is your favorite mimicry artist in India? Mention in the comments below