Munawar Faruqui to host comedy show in Calcutta

After facing a series of boycotts and cancellations of his shows, comedian Munawar Faruqui has now announced that he will perform in Calcutta on January 16.

Only last month he had alluded to quitting comedy after his show in Bangalore was canceled. Faruqui perhaps thinks Kolkata could be a safer place to put on the show where he can mock Hindus under the protection of the Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee.

The comedian informed about his plan to show in Calcutta on Twitter. He also shared a link to book tickets for his two-hour show called “Dhandho”. While the ticket costs Rs 799, he did not share the venue of the show in Kolkata.

Faruqui suffered a backlash for insulting the Hindu god and goddess through his anti-Hindu comedy. He made fun of Hindu deities in the name of comedy during a program in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in January 2021.

He has a history of hating Hindus through bad comedy. In one of those stand-up concerts, he made jokes about the victims of the Godhra train fire. Faruqui not only made fun of the victims, he had also peddled conspiracy theories to suggest the involvement of the RSS in the carnage in Gujarat. Faced with public protest for his hatred against Hindus, he had to cancel his shows in many states.

In November, Bengaluru police asked organizers to cancel his show in light of criminal cases filed against him in various states across the country. Faruqui was to perform his “Dongri to Nowhere-Comedy Special” at the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Bengaluru.

He regretted that his show was canceled after selling over 600 tickets. He lamented that in the past two months, 12 of his shows have been canceled due to threats against the venue and the public. He had suggested quitting the comedy.

In addition, he had to cancel his show in Panaji in Goa, Chandigarh due to protests. His entire show in Gujarat was canceled in September after the Bajrang Dal threatened to disrupt his program.

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Javier E. Swan