“Hate Won” – Munawar Faruqui hints at dropping comedy as “12 shows canceled in 2 months”

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New Delhi: Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui hinted on Sunday that he might stop the comedy after 12 of his shows were canceled in two months over suspected threats of vandalism.

Faruqui was in the eye of the storm during a New Years event in Indore earlier this year, where he was arrested for reportedly made “indecent remarks” about Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Faruqui has claims that he never had the chance to perform at the event.

The comic was supposed to perform at the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Bengaluru on Sunday. However, the Bengaluru Police asked the organizers cancel the program called “Dongri to Nowhere” citing “law and order” issues. Shows planned in Mumbai and Gujarat in the last two months were also canceled more threats of vandalism members of the marginal outfit Bajrang Dal.

In a Instagram post On Sunday – also shared on Twitter – Faruqui released a statement: “I think it’s the end. My name is Munawar Faruqui and it was my time, you were a wonderful audience. Bye! I have finished (sic). He captioned the screenshot of the statement with the caption, “Nafrat jeet (sic) hai, Artist haar gaya. I’m done! Goodbye! INJUSTICE”.

He said it was unfair to have to spend time in jail for a joke he didn’t crack and to cancel shows that didn’t have problematic content.

“This show has won so much love from people in India regardless of their religion,” he said.

The show in Bangalore had sold over 600 tickets, Faruqui said in his post, adding that proceeds from the event were to be donated to the charity of late actor Puneeth Rajkumar.

Several actors and comedic colleagues reacted to Faruqui’s Instagram post.

Actor Rohini Ramnathan wrote: “I’m so sorry buddy, hang on. It’s unfair… but there will be justice, and it will be rich.

Composer and music producer Mayur Jumani wrote: “Nope. You don’t stop (sic). We won’t let you.

(Edited by Sunanda Ranjan)

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