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Personal Agenda with Mallika Dua: “Best way to handle trolls is to troll them back, and hug them”

The comedienne talks about mental health, pet peeves, and reveals what her real dating bio read!

Updated: Mar 21, 2020 22:37 IST

By Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times

T-shirt, H&M; pant, Zara;shoes, Van Heusen; sunglasses, Ray-Ban; Location courtesy: Hyatt Regency New Delhi; Styling: Tanya Aggarwal; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Pooja Gosain (Shivamm Paathak)

Describe yourself in three words.

Sensitive, lazy and ambitious.

Another profession you’d have chosen for yourself...?

Probably copywriting, which I used to do or interior designing that I love doing for my friends!

Mallika in a minute

Date of birth: July 18
Sun sign: Cancer
Place of birth: Delhi
School/college: Modern School, Barakhambha Road, New Delhi/Franklin and Marshal College, Pennsylvania
First break: My YouTube video titled Shit people say in Sarojni Nagar
High point of your life: Moving to Mumbai
Low point of your life: When I was diagnosed with depression in 2013

What’s the last show you binge-watched?

Big Little Lies.

Comedy with a message or comedy just for laughs…?



Both, depending on what the purpose is.



Name your favourite comedians.

In India it’s Abhishek Upmanyu, Kunal Kamra and Varun Grover.

On Mallika’s phone

Last Insta post: A reshared one about a social experiment on acid attack
Most used app: Instagram
Most rewatched YouTube video: Kunal Kamra’s first stand-up act
Favourite Insta filter: Moody tones
Person you call before sleeping: My manager, Saumya

Tell us your all-time favourite Hindi film dialogue.

Dhaki Tiki, Dhaki Tiki from Andaz Apna Apna (1994).

What’s the best way to handle trolls?

Troll them back, and hug them.

On a blind date, you would…?

Be nervous!

How would you introduce yourself on a dating site?

I was on one and I wrote: Perpetually hungry chudail!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Bad breath and over confidence.

The biggest risk you have taken…?

Being vocal about my mental health.

From HT Brunch, March 8, 2020

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