Munawar Faruqui has been dropped from the line-up of the upcoming Gurgaon Comedy Festival after a fresh police complaint was filed by BJP leader Arun Yadav. This is the latest setback for Faruqui, who has had a series of shows cancelled following similar complaints since his arrest during a gig in Indore this January.
Mubin Tisekar—founder of the Entertainment Factory and organiser of the festival—told DeadAnt that he was expecting resistance to Faruqui being on the line-up after the Haryana head of BJP’s IT department Arun Yadav had tweeted saying the comedian wouldn’t be allowed to perform anywhere in India.
“A couple of calls were made to the property and a couple of calls were made to us yesterday and so for the safety of the audience and the artists we have decided that Munawar will not be a part of the comedy festival,” Tisekar told DeadAnt. “I spoke to Munawar and we wanted to figure something out, a way out, but I don’t think anyone would help us find a way to do a show…The artist himself has said he won’t be performing that day.”
In his complaint, Yadav accused Faruqui of insulting Hindu gods and goddesses and asked police to ensure he doesn’t perform. “To maintain peace and harmony between different sections of the society, I request you to look into the matter and stop him,” Yadav wrote. “His activities have offended my Hindu faith.”
In recent months, Faruqui has had several shows cancelled due to police complaints and threats of violence, including scheduled appearances in Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai, Raipur and Bengaluru.
The Gurgaon Comedy Festival—scheduled to take place between 17 to 19 December and featuring sets by Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Rahul Dua, Harsh Gujral, Gaurav Kapoor, Gaurav Gupta, Amit Tandon, Nishant Suri and Atul Khatri—will now continue without Faruqui.