Who is CarryMinati?
CarryMinati is an Indian YouTuber, gamer, live-streamer, rapper and comedian. His primary YouTube channel 'CarryMinati', has over 16 million subscribers and over 1.1 billion views. He also has a secondary channel for streaming, titled 'CarryIsLive', with 4.6 million subscribers. While he has experimented with various types of contents, he is most popular for his roast videos. He creates content in Hindi and has no intention of switching to English even though he has interviewed Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill to help promote their 2018 film 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' in India. He released the diss track 'Bye PewDiePie' against controversial Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg in January 2019, and in May 2019 was named among TIME magazine's '10 Next Generation Leaders'. He has also released three original singles so far, 'TRIGGER' with Vibgyor in April 2019, and 'Zindagi' and 'Warrior' with Wily Frenzy in January and April 2020, respectively. Most recently, his video 'YOUTUBE VS TIK TOK: THE END', became the most liked Indian video on YouTube.
Rise to Stardom
CarryMinati was only 8 years old when he became interested in YouTube after watching football videos on the platform. Determined to become a YouTuber, he created his first YouTube channel at 10, titled ‘STeaLThFeArzZ’, on which he posted nearly two dozen videos, mostly about football tricks and tutorials. Due to poor viewer response, he later created another channel, 'AddictedA1', on October 30, 2014, and began posting gameplay videos with entertaining commentaries mimicking the voices of Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Deol. He changed the channel name to 'CarryDeol' in 2015, and was able to attract more viewers, especially thanks to the 'Counter Strike' community which shared his content. However, he got bored about six months later and decided to evolve his channel, which happened after he came across the YouTuber 'Leafyishere', whose idea of gameplay roast videos he then implemented in his own videos.
He eventually renamed the channel to 'CarryMinati' after he became more popular. One of his first videos to become viral was 'Making Money with BB Ki Vines', posted on June 21, 2016, in which he roasted people who uploaded videos of themselves reacting to popular YouTuber Bhuvan Bam. He received the gold play button from YouTube in 2017 for reaching 1 million subscribers, and the same year launched a second channel, 'CarryIsLive', to live-stream gaming videos, mostly PUBG. In early 2019, he received one million likes for the first time after posting the diss track 'Bye PewDiePie', which was a response to Felix Kjellberg a.k.a. PewDiePie mocking an Indian's broken English.
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Roast King of India
While Ajey Nagar has tried his hand at several types of content over the years, including gameplay videos, diss tracks, parodies and comedy sketches, it is his roasting videos that set him apart from the competition. He has criticized several people in those videos, for which he has also courted controversy. He got strike on his YouTube channel twice, once from local Haryanvi singer Bheem Narula, who even demanded a large sum to remove the strike, and once from the owner of the YouTube channel 'MovieTalkies'. While his channel now shows a separate 'Copyright Disclaimer', his primary content type has remained roasting people, shows, trends, etc. that he finds worthy of criticism.
Amidst the ongoing feud between the two video-sharing platforms, YouTube and TikTok, which started after some YouTubers began reacting to cringeworthy TikTok videos, he recently posted a video titled 'YOUTUBE VS TIK TOK: THE END' roasting popular TikTok user Amir Siddiqui. He thoroughly roasted Siddiqui for his now-deleted IGTV video that labeled YouTubers as unoriginal and money-hungry while attempting to be self-righteous. The video, which became the most liked and commented Indian video on the platform in 24 hours, earned him over 1.3 million new subscribers in a day, as well as compliments from the community.
Family & Personal Life
CarryMinati’s actual name is Ajey Nagar and he was born on June 12, 1999, in Faridabad, Haryana, a major satellite city of Indian capital New Delhi. He was born into a Gurjar family and has a brother. He attended Delhi Public School, but decided to drop a year in the 12th grade, with permission from his parents, because he was not confident about his economics test during his Class-XII Board examination. Later, he completed senior secondary education via distance learning. He played football up until 8th standard, but stopped playing after getting a PS3, following which he became interested in video games and even considered game design as a career choice. He was overweight as a teenager and has gone through strict exercise and diet control to lose weight after having health issues. He has set up his studio in a side wing of his Faridabad home.