Raba Khan, comedienne extraordinaire, has the Internet up in a storm with her hilarious antics. YouTube, Facebook and now Snapchat; she’s conquered them all. Before you delve into another one of her videos, or re-watch one for the third time, why not get a sneak peek into her life?
Finishing her O’levels on a high note, this comedic genius is living it up this summer. She’s certainly let out a sigh of relief that she’s done with Math for a while. Speaking of exams, did you know her birthday was right in the middle of every high-school student’s chaotic nightmare? Don’t worry; even if she didn’t go crazy while partying on her 18th
, she got to enjoy a nice and cozy dinner with her family.
Raba is the very definition of someone you’d love to sit down and talk to, she’s genuine, charming and witty.
We’ve all seen the pictures from the Noir event last week, what was it like meeting Mashrafe Mortaza?
It was amazing; Mashrafe is so funny! I actually got to interview him, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. We had a blast.
As for the future, it’s been a while since my brother and I posted vlogs, so we plan to start doing that.
Eid’s right around the corner, so the good times just keep on coming, don’t they? A little trip down memory lane; what was the best and worst part of Eid for you when you were younger?
I grew up in a large family, and as expected we were a huge bunch. The best part about that was that, I always got loads of money as Eidi, and lots of clothes too! When you live like that, everyone’s like your mother, they take it upon themselves to look after you, and there’s just something so wonderful about being adored like that.
The worst part would definitely be that now I have to dole out cash during Eid, because I’m earning and apparently grown-up - it’s just horrible.
While we’re talking about family, you recently made a video titled ‘Stuff Bengali moms say during Ramadan,’ did your mom see it? What did she think about it?
Yeah, she did. While she loved it, she also hated me for outing her secret like that. Of course, she claims that she never says any of those things, but I bear witness to otherwise.
Her opinion obviously means a great deal to you, what role would you say your family plays in your work?
My mother is my biggest critic, no doubt about that. My dad, he’s very invested in my work, he’ll keep track of my followers and let me know how my work is trending online which I think is very sweet of him. As for my brother, we obviously spend a lot of time working together with “The Jhakanaka Project” and then for Radio Foorti.
Oh yes, ‘The Jhakanaka Project!’ We loved the YouTube channel, and ‘Jhakanaka Clothing’ too. Where did the idea for that come from?
It was in April 2014 when we were working on the YouTube channel and Comic-con came up. I designed a T-shirt with the word “Bae” written on it in Bengali and it did well since the “Bae” was trending back then and that was the beginning of it all. While that’s where the idea took form from, the concept had been in the works for quite a while. I would definitely say that “fun” is my style and “Jhakanaka Clothing” fits right into that.
What’s your inspiration?
You see a lot of entertainment content nowadays, which is great. The core of it all is to stay relevant, and I suppose that’s what motivates me. I want to stay relevant, and I want my work to be relevant, always.
On that note, what have you been up to recently? What do you have in store?
Well, I recently finished doing a show with Bongo called Koi Khabo?
and finished working on the TV drama Awards Night
. It was a fun experience, and I’m glad I did it, but I don’t see myself going down that road again.
As for the future, it’s been a while since my brother and I posted vlogs, so we plan to start doing that. It’s what we’ve always wanted to do, since we had so much fun working on them in the past.
Rapid fire round with Raba Khan
Describe yourself in one word.
If you wrote a book, what would it be titled?
If the book was an autobiography; something along the lines of “dhongi.”
If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Relatable. Which one’s your favorite?
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.