Swara Bhasker and Ravi Patel are the lie detectors we didn't know we needed
Decoding the casual lies people tell us
Jim Carey-starrer The Mask, nani’s DIY kesar-chandan paste for your face and Covid’s contribution to our accessory department – masks in their different forms have made their presence felt in our lives. Yet the most over-used mask is the one we rarely talk about: the veil of polite communication.
You know when you say something, but mean something else — mostly, the exact opposite. Think about “It’s not you, it’s me”, well, it’s definitely you, but I’ll let you think otherwise, just this once, for my convenience. Except for unfiltered stand-up comedians, who say it as it is (and then get arrested for it), most of us enlist the help of this masked communication all our lives.
We sat down with actors Swara Bhasker and Ravi Patel, who play comedians on Netflix’s Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, to investigate the phrases we overuse in our everyday lives and to dig up hidden meanings. The outcome: a hilarious video that doubles as amusing situational comedy in itself.
In the video, the two decode what people really mean when they say things like, “Take a call”, “Do you have any other option?”, “I’m sure it’s my fault, but…”, “Let’s agree to disagree”, and more.
Bhasker and Patel remind us that if somebody says, “Let’s catch up sometime”, they certainly don’t want to go out of the way to meet you. Don’t fall for it, and expect Google Calendar invites.
Swara Bhasker also revealed that the most desperate cry and call for validation is when people say, “Give me your honest feedback.” “It means, please tell me that you liked whatever I did, and if you have any bad things to say, please sugarcoat them and say it nicely,” says the actor.
Do you agree with her or agree to disagree? *wink, wink*