Munawar Faruqi bids adieu to standup comedy after his 12th show gets called off in Bangalore; here's how the industry reacted

Shachi Lavingia
Nov 29, 2021 16:35 IST
Munawar Faruqi

Munawar Faruqi was to perform in Bangalore yesterday before his show was called off.

A stand-up comedian from Gujarat, Munawar Faruqi was arrested in January 2021 during one of his shows after a complaint was filed against him for allegedly passing remarks about 'Hindu Gods and Goddesses' and Amit Shah. He ended up spending a month in jail for the same. Faruqi has been targeted ever since leading to shows being forced to cancel in Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai, Raipur in the past.

Munawar was to perform in Bangalore yesterday when his show that was a part of ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ was canceled after they received threats and the cops withdrew their permission. As per The Indian Express article, While the Deputy Commissioner of Police for the Central Bengaluru region refused to comment, Ashok Nagar Police Station in Central Bengaluru sent a letter to the organizers of the show on Saturday asking them to cancel the show.

The letter said, “It is learned that cases have been registered against him (Munawar Faruqui) in several states. There is credible information that several organizations oppose this standup comedy show and this could create chaos and disturb public peace and harmony which may further lead to law and order problems.”

Taking to his social media, Faruqui penned down a note announcing his quit from the standup comedy, he said, "Nafrat jeet gayi, artist haar gaya (hate has won, the artist has lost). I’m done, goodbye. Injustice.”

Here's what Munawar had to say about the same!

Stand-up comedians, celebrities, and the common man took to Twitter to put forth their two cents on this matter!

Instances like these raise the question of Freedom of Speech in comedy; how can one maintain the perfect balance between humor and offending someone's sentiment and when will the comedy or artist be seen above the discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, and more and bear the hate. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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