Comedian Munawar Faruqui on Sunday indicated he may not do any more shows, after at least 12 of his shows were cancelled in the past two months due to threats from right-wing groups.
His latest show scheduled in Bengaluru on Sunday was also cancelled, where the police asked the organizers to drop it citing possible law and order problems.
Earlier this year, Mr Faruqui spent a month in jail on charges of “insulting Hindu gods and goddesses” during one of his comedy shows.
Mr. Faruqui in his today’s Instagram post after his Bengaluru show was cancelled, said, “Nafrat jeet gayi, artist haar gaya (hate has won, artist has lost). I’m done, goodbye. Injustice.”
Meanwhile, several of his fans requested him not to stop doing shows.
In the comments section, music composer Mayur Jumani posted, “Nope. You’re not quitting. We won’t let you,”
he Bengaluru Police, in a letter to the organiser Good Shepherd auditorium today, referring to Mr Faruqui’s show “Dongri to Nowhere” and said Mr Faruqui is a “controversial figure.”
Hindu Jagran Samiti’s Mohan Gowda in Bengaluru also said they won’t allow the show to be held.
Due to “threats of vandalism”, the show has been cancelled, Mr Faruqui in the Instagram post said adding they had sold over 600 tickets for the Bengaluru event.
“Aaj Bangalore show cancel ho gaya (under the threats of venue vandalism). We sold 600+ tickets. Month back my team called late Puneeth Rajkumar sir organisation for charity which we will be going to generate from this show in Bangalore. We agreed to not sell the show on the name of charity as suggested by the noble organisation,” Mr Faruqui said.
In a lengthy instagram post, the comedian further said, “Putting me in jail for the joke I never did to cancelling my shows, which has nothing problematic in it. This is unfair. This show has gained so much love from people in India irrespective of their religion. This is unfair. We do have censor certificate of the show and it’s clearly nothing problematic in the show. We called off 12 shows in the last two months because of threats to venue and audience.”
“…I think this is the end. My name is Munawar Faruqui and that’s been my time. You guys were wonderful audience. Goodbye, I’m done,” he added.