Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui has been dropped from an upcoming three-day comedy show later this month after a complaint was filed against him by the Haryana BJP’s IT department head.

In his complaint to the Gurugram police, BJP’s Arun Yadav objected to the show saying Munawar Faruqui insulted Hindu deities and that 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 Yadav citing video clips of the stand-up comedian allegedly mocking Hindu deities.

Yadav also put out a copy of the complaint on Twitter.


Munawar Faruqui was to perform at Gurgaon Comedy Festival to be held at Gurugram’s Airia Mall from December 17-19. Now, his name has been removed by the organisers, The Entertainment Factory, from the promotional posters.

This is the second event involving Faruqui that has been cancelled in the last 10 days. His last show in Bengaluru that was scheduled for November 28 at Good Shepherd Auditorium, did not take place over “threats of vandalism” to the venue.

Over the past few months, Faruqui’s shows have been cancelled in Raipur, Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Goa, and Mumbai after being targeted by Hindutva groups.


Munawar Faruqui in a tweet hinted that he might not do public shows anymore, a day after his scheduled event in Bengaluru was cancelled.

Nafrat jeeta hai, artists haar gaya [hate has triumphed, the artist has lost]. I’m done! Goodbye! Injustice,” wrote Faruqui.

On the other hand, Bengaluru police had “advised” the organisers to call it off citing possible law and order problems.

“This is credible information that several organisations are opposing this stand-up comedy show and it could create chaos and disturb the public peace and harmony, which may lead to law-and-order problems,” police said in the letter to organisers.


Munawar Faruqui was arrested on January 1 in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore ahead of his show in the city after some Hindutva groups complained to police that he was going to make offensive jokes about Hindu deities.

He and others arrested were denied bail by several lower courts. Faruqui walked out of jail after the Supreme Court granted him interim bail on February 5.


India today

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