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Biswa Kalyan Rath: Odisha-born Indian stand-up comedian

Biswa Kalyan Rath from Odisha is a popular Indian stand-up comedian and YouTuber. He is best-known for the YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews yesteryear Bollywood films along with fellow stand-up comedian Kanan Gill.

Biswa Kalyan Rath grew up in different parts of Odisha and hated having to change schools often. “My dad works with the State Bank of India and mostly gets posted in rural areas. I think I developed humour to make new friends. But now if I stay in a place for more than three years, I feel like life is boring. I need constant change,” he says.

Biswa Kalyan Rath studied at IIT Kharagpur and wrote a blog for several years, which “nobody read”. So, he switched to video (and has since deleted all traces of the blog). But he wasn’t always the funny guy in class. Quite the contrary, he says. “All my friends have always been funnier than me.” Post his degree, he worked various jobs (in graphic design, software and advertising) in Bengaluru. “Even in college, I knew I’d do something creative. I was trying different things to see what clicks.” Rath quit his full-time job at Oracle, to give comedy a shot.

WATCH: Biswa in his debut film ‘Brahman Naman’

Watch Biswa Kalyan Rath in full throttle as he owns the stage with his punches on poverty in Odisha, senseless Bollywood lyrics and sports! Watch, laugh and enjoy!