Zarna Garg: The Belle With the Belan

Aunty Z and her belan have brought a fresh lease of life to south Asian comedy. It would not be wrong to liken her to Melissa McCarthy who made a name for herself with her in-your-face comedy. Zarna Garg, proudly wears her identity on her sleeve and manages to exploit the South Asian complexes to her advantage.

Zarna Garg, the Indian-American aunty with a bindi, an unapologetic attire and accent, was raised in Bombay and moved to the US to escape matrimonial bondage when she was barely an adult. She opted to leave home rather than be bullied into marriage.

Garg is first and foremost a mom, then, by her own admission, a lousy lawyer, and is now an award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian. She has been comically highlighting the immigrant and American experience with her own signature and hilarious style. She is also someone who finds romance in doing math with her husband and has only said ‘I love you’ once in her life – to an Amazon delivery guy.

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