You know him as Farah Khan's husband. But on Twitter, Shirish Kunder is a hero
Till a few years ago, the name Shirish Kunder would have drawn a blank with most. Unless you were a devout Bollywood FAN, in which case it would have translated as the much-younger husband of filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan.
Then 2012 arrived and with it, the slap that earned Kunder a place in public consciousness: Shah Rukh allegedly slapped him at a party. No-one is certain what provoked King Khan, but many believe it was a tweet by Kunder: "
I just heard a Rs 150 crore firework fizzle".
That comment was obviously on Shah Rukh's recently-released Ra One. But it signalled a dramatic shift in Kunder's profile.
From thereon Kunder, who describes himself as writer, producer, director, editor and composer on Twitter, stopped being just Farah Khan's husband and father to triplets - Czar, Anya and Diva.
He became the sharp, quick-witted man Farah Khan had married. The man who would spare no one.
Not Shah Rukh Khan. Not Anupam Kher. Not Narendra Modi.
No surprise then that he soon became a particular peeve of Modi bhakts.
Encourage Bhakts on Twitter. That will keep them off the real world.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) December 26, 2015
As 2015 drew to a close, it seemed like the bhakts had found a way to get even, after all.
A tweet that never was, was cunningly attributed to Shah Rukh Khan: "Who is this Shirish Kunder? Visited Farah's home several times, never found him. Always found a male maid with smartphone in hand always. #BlockShirishKunder LOL".
The hashtag went on to trend. And for a while, it was believed Shrish Kunder was over. Except most of Twitter saw through what they realised was a fake tweet.
In the Here & Now
Seven years on, with 3712 tweets and over 2,62,000 followers, Kunder has finely honed his Twitter persona. Never going for the kill, yet always clued in. And bang on time.
Mostly, he uses the platform to showcase his sense of humour, but even off-the-cuff remarks show he's done his homework.
Some samples from Kunder's twitter feed:
Coming Soon: PHAN pic.twitter.com/GV70Cv7HJF— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 20, 2016
With his jealousy for 18 yr old Malala, 59 yr old Sri Sri has once again proved: No amount of 'Art of Living' can make you a better person.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) May 3, 2016
Mitron,— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 29, 2016
Degree pe Charcha, Chai pe Charcha, sab chodo. Aao, Gaay pe Charcha karein.
Soon after Haji Ali, Trupti Desai will try to enter Shaollin Temple. But they won't stop her; it's a Chinese restaurant.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 28, 2016
Sorry, the Kohinoor is taken. Do you want Taj Mahal? pic.twitter.com/YBUEO6B7eP— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 18, 2016
Once Shyam Benegal's report on revamp of censor board comes through, Indian film industry will build a 'Shyam Mandir'.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 27, 2016
Also abolish entrance exams. Anyone who can bottoms up a bucket of Gomutra should be straightaway given admission. https://t.co/oKFyVB3646— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 25, 2016
I'm not taking that risk. What if they put Smriti Irani? https://t.co/0V5I2dwU9O— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 25, 2016
The important question is: Who let the Goddesses enter the temples?— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 23, 2016
You fools made fun of Sushma Swaraj’s attire in Iran!— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 20, 2016
Now you all will have to wear it in discotheques. https://t.co/KQ9Ait3af1
You call it Odd-Even, that sounds like something educational, obviously BJP will oppose. Call it something communal & see how they support.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 17, 2016
Gau Mata— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 7, 2016
Bharat Mata ki Jai
Can't wait for the next big step towards development.
A remarkable range
It's not just public figures - the quirks and obsessions of everyday life are also on his radar. From Indo-Pak relations to the importance of reducing one's carbon footprint, he casts his eye far and wide.
There's a couple at the next table. And neither of them is looking at their phone. Freaks!— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 28, 2016
This #EarthDay, let's start being more aware of our Carbon Footprint.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 22, 2016
Nahin toh Unearth ho jayega!
Everyone is fighting for Ambedkar. Sad, no one is fighting for Savarkar.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 14, 2016
On their eleventh marriage anniversary a few months ago, Farah Khan tweeted: "Happy 11th anniversary @Shirishkunder... only thing better than having u as a husband, is our kids having u as a dad!"
His reply: "11 years! And they say there's no tolerance," not only made a pithy comment on both marriage and a hotly debated public issue, it also showed the world why Farah fell for a man few had heard of; and that maybe, it was our loss we hadn't yet heard of Shirish Kunder.
Edited by Payal Puri
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