Mallika Dua believes while stand-up artists are being accepted as professionals, it's still tough for female comedians to make their space in the industry.
She says she never evaluates performances on the gender basis.
"I'm against the term female comedian. It's a profession. It shouldn't be defined by gender. My goal has been to be the best among everyone in my fraternity," says 29-year-old.
Mallika, who became popular post her appearance in comedy video 'Shit People Say: Sarojini Nagar Edition', says the influx of the digital platform has made the situation better for comedians.
"Earlier, comedians were one odd-ball people in the industry but in the last two-three years stardom has come up for them. Thanks to digital platform. Comedy is an industry now," Mallika says.
Praising the efforts made by leading ladies of Bollywood, Mallika says filmmakers are still not sure about how to develop a funny female character on screen.
"We've seen Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol, and others doing comedy without being fearful. As far as work is concerned, we aren't in the minds of filmmakers until and unless there's a character in plotline," Mallika says.
Mallika is currently busy working on the second season of her hit Bindass series 'The Trip'.
Talking about the show, she said, "We have a lot of stories shown on TV about women but they are damsel in distress. We rarely show female bonding on-screen. And this is a liberating idea about four girls going on a trip."
The Season-2 starts from October 5.
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