Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Gurgaon show scheduled for later this month has been canceled by the club that organizes it, after several right-wing organizations threatened to protest over alleged pranks. insulting the Hindu gods”. This comes just two weeks after Munawar Faruqui’s performances in Delhi were also canceled for similar reasons after police refused permission.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal wrote earlier today to the Deputy Commissioner, asking that the show – each on September 17 and 18 at Studio Xo Bar – be cancelled.
While the district government said nothing, Sahil Dawra, general manager of Studio Xo Bar, told local reporters, “Two men from Bajrang Dal came and threatened to interrupt the performance. decided to cancel because I didn’t want to get in trouble.” “
The club later removed the Instagram post promoting the show.
“I have spoken to the owner, the policeman and the comedian, and I do not want to take any risks to my company and organization,” the club manager is quoted as saying. The Indian Express“We have no complaints with the police. We have written to the ticketing company and have begun the process of canceling the show.”
Kunal Kamra, meanwhile, issued a tweet in response to the cancellation request, questioning the allegations. He said those who say he mocks “our culture” and “our gods” have no proof.
He mocks our culture that we assert,
He mocks our gods that we think,
We have no proof but his performance breaks our peace,
12 of us didn’t want the show to happen and 500 already had tickets to see it,
So what should the authorities do?
(UPSC 10 point question) https://t.co/wQMgRfXHEE
– Kunal Kamra (@ kunalkamra88) September 9, 2022
“So what should the authorities do?” he asked in the tweet. He did not respond to direct queries other than to say that he had no idea the cancellation had been decided.
Mr. Kamra is known for his jokes on political and social issues, and often digs up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, among other parties. As a vocal supporter of recent anti-government protests, he has faced police cases, in addition to show cancellations.
Last year, his shows in Bengaluru, Karnataka – a BJP-ruled state like Haryana, where his Gurgaon show has now been canceled – did not receive permits.
In an Instagram post about Cancel in Bengaluruhe cites two reasons: “First, we didn’t receive special rights to seat 45 people in a more seatable venue. Second, threats to close the venue if I wanted to perform. there. I guess this is also part of the Covid protocol and new guidelines. I suppose I’ve seen a variant of the virus now.”
He’s one of a number of comedians to face anger from right-wing Hindutva outfits.
Munawar Faruqui, from Gujarat, had to cancel face-to-facecases and worse – including a month in prison in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh – for his jokes about religion, politics and other controversial, contemporary issues.