Outrage After Munawar’s Show Was Forced to Cancel in Bangalore

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stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui

“As an Artist, If I had ‘Khan’, ‘Farooqui’ or ‘Kappan’ as my surname, I would have had a different story altogether on Social Media”

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Prominent artists and comedians are outraged after Munawar Faruqui was forced to cancel his comedy show in Bangalore.

On Sunday, 28 November, stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui took to social media to indicate that he may no longer perform on stage. Faruqui’s statement came after the Bengaluru Police wrote to the organisers of his show in the city, asking them to cancel the show.

At least 12 of Faruqui’s shows have been cancelled in various parts of the country due to threats from right-wing groups.

Several people including actors Swara Bhasker and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub reacted to the news calling Munawar’s experience ‘unfair’. Fellow stand-up comedians and artistes expressed their support for Munawar Faruqui.

Satirist Arpit Sharma wrote that he knows he gets an ‘escape gate being a Hindu.’ “As an Artist, If I had ‘Khan’, ‘Farooqui’ or ‘Kappan’ as my surname, I would have had a different story altogether on Social Media. I know I get that escape gate being a Hindu. But, I always ensure that I utilise this privilege for Truth & Justice. With You Bhai – @munawar0018,” Sharma tweeted.

Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker said hate and bigotry will always hate an articulate rational, educated, charming, talented comedian like Munwar Faruqi.

In another tweet she added, “Also.. it’s heartbreaking & shameful how we as a society have allowed bullying and gaslighting to become normalised. I’m sorry Munawwar!”.

Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub tweeted, “And WE Failed once again as a society….but munawar brother, don’t loose hope…looking forward to see you back on stage..”.

Support poured in for Munawar Faruqui after his tweet.

 

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