Stand-up comedy is currently thriving in India. The relationship between comic satire and politics is age-old. In fact, there have been several Indian politicians such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lalu Prasad Yadav and Navjot Singh Sidhu who are known for their quick wit and ability to use comedy and comic timing as a weapon as well.
And it’s also a commonly accepted fact that the best of comedy stems from very serious notions. Be it taking a dig at a particular politician or a policy or even the general state of affairs in the country, stand-up comedians have always been inspired by all the things going wrong – and quite honestly, there’s no dearth of that.
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But occasionally, some of them get dead serious too. When the situation seems so grave that masking a comment in humour isn’t an option, and that seems to what popular actor and comedian Vir Das did in his recent Facebook post. In what could be taken as a dig at the many political parties resorting to comedy themselves to take down the opposition as well as the hue and cry directed at comedians accusing them of being partial and biased, Das makes a plea to them saying that “Comedy is not democratic. But democracy shouldn’t be this b****y comedic either”.
“Dear Congress fans. I don’t owe you BJP Jokes.
BJP fans. I don’t owe you congress jokes.
AAP Fans. I don’t owe you Congress and BJP jokes.
But all your parties owe good governance.
And right now none of them are working in parliament.
It’s simple. Comedy is not democratic. But democracy shouldn’t be this bloody comedic either.”
The post has evoked a mix response on social media. While some have commended his opinion, saying comedians have a right to freedom of speech, others have lambasted him for it.
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