Bengaluru police denied permission for Munawar Faruqui’s stand-up comedy show in the town on Sunday amid protests from right-wing Hindu groups who alleged the performer had hurt Hindu feelings in one of his shows.
âYes, we denied him permission. He will not be giving any public performances today, ” a senior police official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Faruqui also shared a statement on social media confirming that his Bengaluru show which had sold “600 plus” tickets was canceled on Sunday following “threats of vandalism at the scene” and said it was “finished. “.
My name is Munawar Faruqui. And that was my time, you were (a) wonderful audience. Goodbye, I’m done, “he said.
Proceeds from the show were to be donated to the charity of the late Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar.
In the same statement, the 29-year-old comic said he initially didn’t want to reveal that the show was for charity.
” Put me in jail for the joke I never made to cancel my shows which is nothing problematic. It is unfair. This show has won so much love from people in India regardless of their religion. It’s unfair (sic), ” he added in his statement on Twitter.
Faruqui claimed his 12 shows were canceled in the past two months due to threats to the venue and the audience.
The comedian also claimed he had a “show censorship certificate”, which proves that there was “nothing wrong with” the stand-up act.
Faruqui, however, found support in actors Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Swara Bhasker.
Ayyub urged the comic not to give up hope.
âAnd WE have failed again as a companyâ¦. I can’t wait to see you on stage again … ” he tweeted.
Bhasker described the turn of events as “heartbreaking and shameful” and apologized to Faruqui. âA project of hatred and bigotry will always hate an articulate, rational, educated, charming, talented and funny ‘Other’ who connects beyond identity with a heterogeneous audience. huge threat to Hindutva, ” she wrote on the microblogging site.
Plus, it’s heartbreaking and shameful how we, as a society, have allowed bullying and gaslighting to normalize. I’m sorry Munawwar! She said in a follow-up tweet.
According to reports, Faruqui had planned a “Dongri To Nowhere” performance on Sunday evening. The show was hosted in Bengaluru by Vishal Dhuria and Siddharth Das of Curtain Calls Event, based in New Delhi.
However, various right-wing organizations, including Sriram Sena and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, had filed a complaint with the police commissioner of the city of Bengaluru against the comedian accusing him of hurting the religious feelings of Hindus by allegedly insulting Hindu gods. .
The inspector of the Ashokanagar police station in the town of the Good Shepherd auditorium on Saturday wrote a letter to the organizers to cancel the event because the comedian is a controversial figure.
We learn that Munawar Faruqui is a controversial figure ….. Many states have banned his comedy shows. We learn that a case has been registered against him at the Tukoji police station in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, ” the inspector said in his letter.
He also said that many organizations oppose his show, which can cause chaos, disturb peace and harmony and create a public order problem.
“Therefore, it is suggested to cancel Faruqui’s stand-up,” the letter said.
Earlier this year, Faruqui was arrested by Indore police in a case for alleged interference with religious feelings and was jailed for almost a month. The comedian, who has alleged heavy trolls against him on social media in the past, was released from Indore central prison on February 7 after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case.
Faruqui and four others were arrested on January 1 following a complaint by a son of a BJP MP that objectionable remarks about Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, were spoken during a comedy show at a cafe in Indore on New Year’s Day.
The Apex court also suspended the production warrant issued against Faruqui by a Prayagraj court as part of an FIR filed there.
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