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Kanan Gill - Biography

Sept. 23, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Kanan Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian and YouTuber who rose to fame with the YouTube series, ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews’ where he reviews flawed yesteryear Bollywood films in a hilarious manner. His partner-in-comedy in running this widely popular series is his fellow stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath. The duo has stirred up a storm in the YouTube scenario in the Indian subcontinent with their over-the-top commentaries and super-funny personalities. A software engineer by profession, Kanan Gill has found unbelievable fame in a totally unrelated field! As of today, he has quit his engineering job to focus fully on his career as a comedian, and divides his work between online and offline gigs. As of May 2017, this hugely popular comic star had over 464k subscribers on his YouTube channel ‘Ok! Gill,’ 201k followers on his Instagram account and 617k followers on Twitter. With his popularity increasing with each passing day, he is also exploring newer avenues to take his career further.

 

Career

  • From a young age, Kanan Gill was a funny kid who loved to joke around and play pranks. However, born into a typical Indian family, there was no doubt in his mind that he would one day pursue a conventional career that would guarantee stability. After high school he chose to study computer engineering though he never lost his love for comedy. During his college days he became a part of comedy bands and spent his leisure time writing silly songs. Once he graduated, he took up a cushy job as a software engineer in Exeter Group Inc. Even while working as a techie, his passion for comedy continued and he participated in a number of comedy competitions and won the Punchline Bangalore competition. Another win at the Comedy Store in Mumbai followed, giving Gill the confidence to quit his engineering job and focus entirely on developing his career as a comedian.
  • During his early days as a comedian, Kanan Gill came across another budding comedian, Biswa Kalyan Rath. The duo teamed up and originated the YouTube series ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews’ where they review Bollywood films in their own funny and twisted ways. The reviewed some popular movies such as ‘Gunda,’ ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, ‘Prem Aggan’, and ‘Aap ka Suroor’ which earned them a large fan following in movie-crazy India. Their rising popularity in India soon gained them international notice as well and Gill was given a chance to work in an improvised sketch comedy show, ‘The Living Room,’ on the American channel Comedy Central. He also co-hosted the YouTube FanFest India and was one of the main personalities behind the YouTube Comedy Hunt. Ambitious to achieve even more, Kanan Gill ventured into Bollywood films in 2017 with a minor role in the Sonakshi Sinha starrer ‘Noor.’

 

Personal Life

  • Kanan Gill was born on 24 December 1989. He attended the Ahlcon Public School and Frank Anthony Public School. He later went to M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology from where he earned his B.E. in Computer Science. He is highly guarded about his personal life and not much is known about his family or romantic relations. He is not married as yet and has a huge female fan following.

 



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