Gurugram: Munawar Faruqui dropped from comedy event after police complaint

Gurugram : A scheduled performance by comedian Munawar Faruqui later this month in the city has been cancelled after the organisers “received several calls to drop him” and the head of BJP’s IT cell in Haryana approached police to stop him from taking the stage.

The Entertainment Factory (TEF), organisers of the show, confirmed Faruqui’s name had been dropped. Sources said the organisers received calls that the show would be disrupted, following which they took the decision.

“It was a joint decision taken by Munawar and us to drop him. We received several calls from yesterday (Sunday) to drop him. Our job is to entertain people and we don’t want any controversy. So, keeping in mind the public, the decision was taken,” said Mubin Tisekar of TEF.Faruqui was to perform at Gurugram Comedy Festival on December 19 at Airia mall in Sector 68.

In his complaint to the Gurugram police, Arun Yadav, IT department head, Haryana BJP, said that Mr. Faruqui had insulted Hindu deities divine to his faith and the stand-up comedian was continuously doing so on open platforms such as live performances and shows.

“His activities have offended my Hindu faith. This is intentionally done to incite communal disharmony,” said the complaint by Mr. Yadav, with reference to some of the videos of the stand-up comedian allegedly mocking Hindu deities. He also put out the copy of the complaint on his Twitter handle.

Mr. Faruqui was to perform at Gurgaon Comedy Festival to be held at Gurugram’s Airia Mall from December 17-19. His name has also been removed by the organisers, The Entertainment Factory, from the promotional posters. Many messages against the participation of the stand-up comedian were also reportedly doing rounds on the social media.

Source : TOI and The Hindu

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