Nagpada Ka Rider blares from the PA as Munawar Faruqui walks on stage to loud cheers in his latest YouTube comedy video ‘Politics In India – Part 2’. The 15-minute clip—a sequel to his YouTube debut Politics in India, Instagram & Sign Boards—has hit over 400,000 views since it dropped at 10pm last night.
As expected, Faruqui starts off by addressing the elephant in the room. “Pandemic hai, bahar itne saare cases hai, aap fir bhi aaye. Mere pe bhi bahar itne saare cases hai, main fir bhi aaya (There’s a pandemic going on, there are so many cases even then you came. There are so many cases on me, yet I came),” he tells the audience, as they struggle to catch their breath between punchlines.
Faruqui goes on to explain how all jokes are fictional. They are all lies. And then he sneaks in some sharp political commentary about the election rallies that were being held in the state at the time. “Iss hafte stage pe khade rehe ke jhooth bolne wala main pehla Gujarati nahi rahunga, (This week, I won’t be the first Gujarati to stand on stage and tell you lies)” he says with a cheeky grin.
The comedian also touches on the online trolling he has faced, before launching into a series of allegorical Bollywood and Hollywood jokes—supposedly “safe” to perform, though the political subtext is hardly subtle. It’s a clever shtick, though perhaps the applause had as much to do with Faruqui’s unwillingness to back down in the face of state repression as with the jokes themselves.
Watch the entire video to find out what Faruqui’s version of Inception looks like and his ingenious solution to stop lynchings, increase employment and improve women’s safety in the country.