Not Being Allowed To Work, Get Threat Calls Daily: Comedian Munawar Faruqui

"I had to change my SIM card thrice. When my number gets leaked, people call up and abuse me," he said.

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Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, whose three shows in Mumbai were recently cancelled due to threats from Bajrang Dal, has said that he is not being allowed to work and gets several threat calls daily, NDTV reported.

"I get 50 threat calls daily, I had to change my SIM card thrice. When my number gets leaked, people call up and abuse me," he said.

Earlier this year, Faruqui was in jail for a month in a case accusing him of "insulting Hindu gods and goddesses" and was later granted bail by the Supreme Court.


'This is The Sad Reality in This Country': Munawar Faruqui

His Mumbai shows were cancelled after Bajrang Dal members reportedly threatened to burn down the venues. He called the cancellation unfortunate, saying a lot of wrongs were happening in the country.

"The bigger issue is that for these three shows, a total of 1,500 people bought tickets a month ago. I feel bad for them. This is a sad reality with which many people in this country are living".
Munawar Faruqui, Stand-Up Comedian to NDTV

He said that some people were trying to gain a political advantage out of the whole situation.


'Don't Instigate The Mob', Munawar Tells Attackers

Following the cancellation of the shows, Munawar had posted a video on Instagram saying that he is being asked to 'go to Pakistan'. "People don't want me to stay here. I have done nothing, yet a mob has been unleashed to abuse me. What problems do you have with me? That I am winning hearts by performing in shows? Please don't push me to the point wherein I will be forced to quit stand-up comedy. I won't be able to live without performing".

Munawar also told the attackers not to insult and threaten his supporters.

(With inputs from NDTV.)

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