Saloni Gaur’s videos and avatars raise awareness on things that matter with a pinch of humour


A Delhi University pupil, she takes pot pictures on trending subjects — from double requirements in society to pretend information

It is difficult to not miss Saloni Gaur’s alter ego — Nazma aapi and her rants on social media. Wrapped in a black scarf, carrying a deadpan expression and sporting an Old Delhi accent, she feedback on political and present points in her videos with a pinch of humour.

She takes pot pictures on trending subjects — from double requirements in society to pretend information. A Delhi University pupil, Saloni as a comic has constructed a loyal following with over two lakh followers on Twitter and 5 lakh on Instagram. Saloni’s different humorous avatars — desi aunties, adarsh bahu (impressed by an ‘aadarsh bahu’ character from a each day cleaning soap that her mom used to observe. Confined to the kitchen, the ‘bahu’ spoke of her ideally suited life) and impersonations of Kangana Ranaut ship much-needed laughs.

Student-turned-comedian

Having lately given her Delhi University BA last yr on-line exams in August, Saloni returned to her hometown Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh to stay with her dad and mom and brother.

A born performer, she says, “I just needed four friends and would begin to entertain them by mimicking the principal or teachers. I can’t sit quietly; I have to make them laugh.” Nevertheless, she provides that her success was a shock.

In a telephone interview, she explains how she had determined to work in a financial institution (“my mother wanted me to to be a banker so that she doesn’t have to wait in queues to update her passbook”) and make comedy another profession as a result of she didn’t need to face the struggles some stand-up comedians do. “Fortunately that didn’t happen,” she provides.

She started her Instagram and Snapchat journey in 2017 with her first character Pinky Dogra, created utilizing a Snapchat filter and a random title. Pinky used to rant about something and every little thing from Saloni’s observations in Delhi . Her different characters Kumkum and Asha behenji too had been enjoyable, however didn’t have a story of their very own like Nagma aapi. “I used to be clear about Nagma aapi’s character sketch,” remembers Saloni, who used to wander round Old Delhi and picked up a few phrases there. She then ready a background story for Nagma aapi — she lives with her husband and their two children. Nagma’s persona just isn’t impressed by anybody, however when the character and her rants turned well-known, Saloni received to know that it’s the Begumati dialect spoken in Old Delhi.

Nagma aapi has to this point ranted on round 40 topics, together with NEET and JEE, protests within the US, violence towards medical doctors throughout COVID-19, opening of liquor retailers and Arnab versus Sonia Gandhi. Being a pupil of Political Science and Economics, Saloni she says she can not ignore things happenings round her. “I feel there are certain issues that we should speak up about. If I feel many people are not aware of a current issue, I make a video. When I talk about them with a dash of humour, they understand it better,” she provides.

Ups and downs

Not all her posts are welcomed by social media customers: Saloni additionally needed to get used to being trolled. “My brother calls them keyboard warriors who try to pull people down. I have learnt to ignore and deal with them by not dealing with them at all,” she says.

Saloni’s mom is worked up with her social media standing. “She doesn’t understand the numbers, but reads all comments posted to my videos and even wants to reply to them,” she says with a snort.

Saloni has created 11 characters and doesn’t observe any set guidelines to develop new ones. Her newest prop is a moustache to make use of when taking part in male characters, and she can be additionally doing Maa Ke Haath ka evaluations for Amazon Prime. She indicators off with a promise: ‘Something new is cooking and will be out soon.’

(You can observe Saloni on the “salonayyy” YouTube channel or @salonayyy Instagram deal with)

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