Stand-up comedians are afraid about their future after Munawar Faruqui left his career as a Comedian ahead of the controversy.
Bengaluru: Comedian Munawar Faruqui on Sunday indicated that he is bidding goodbye to his stand-up career after 12 of his shows were cancelled in the last 2 months alone, the latest being in Bengaluru.
Faruqui, along with four others, were arrested on charges of passing indecent remarks against Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show in Indore, police said then.
After Munawar Faruqui’s show was called off, other stand-up comedians are afraid about their careers. Munawar Faruqui’s stand-up show got cancelled after the organizers feared chaos in the city from the right wing members.
The comedian has announced the end of his stand-up career after that. This incident has caused a tense situation amongst various other comedians as well.
Sayli Raut a stand-up comedian by profession from Mumbai said, “Earlier I used to do political or religious jokes for that matter. But now it’s very scary. After writing our jokes we have to think how it will be perceived. People nowadays get offended very easily.”
The police said that they would have provided the protection to the comedian but they did not receive any request from the organizers. Whereas organizers said that they called off the show as they did not want to create any panic situation in the city.
Siddharth Dash who is himself a comedian and also a manager said, “As comedians, we completely understand that Freedom of speech has its clauses and in the name of it we cannot say anything to anybody. People who are getting offended by the jokes also have the right to voice their opinion.”
Experts say that some restrictions are also necessary to maintain law and order in the city. Anagha Kulkarni who is a professional law practitioner said, “It is necessary to maintain and preserve freedom of speech and expression in a democracy, so also it is necessary to place some curbs on this freedom for the maintenance of social order.”
For the comedians, the laughter of their audience is everything that matters the most. They say that they would never try to hurt their audience’s sentiments purposely.