Since its inception, Comedy Nights With Kapil has been churning out marginally funny, fairly misogynistic, and largely below the belt humour. From fat-shaming to gender stereotyping, the show thrives on banality. So it's rather odd, and frankly scary that the mimicry of Dera Sacha Sauda guru, Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 'Insaan', has sent a man to jail.Kiku Sharda, who plays Palak on the comedy show, is hardly the type from whom you'd expect offence in a show which has a perpetually horny Dadiji. But he has, inciting even violence from the Baba's followers. In a skit last month, Kiku mimicked Ram Rahim, wearing the blingy clothes the self-styled god-man usually dons. This 'crime' lead to the actor being given 14 days of judicial custody. First, what's with the late reaction? Second, where has the 'insaaniyat', gone godmen-dudes? And last, why the selective hate? Who hasn't made fun of Messenger of God? The film's storyline, Ram Rahim's gravity-defying stunts, his sparkly clothes, and the shady songs, what's not to joke about? You're free to make whatever films you choose to, just as we're free to rip it apart. Kiku Sharda tweeted out an apology, saying he was 'following the script, and didn't need to offend'. As a comedian, all of his jokes aim to offend someone or the other, for entertainment. Whoever heard of compliments being funny? Twitter, right now cannot even... with the arrest of the actor and for once, social media is making complete sense.
This is Kiku Sharda. Kiku is a comedian. Kiku cracks jokes and makes ppl laugh Don't be Like Kiku. Comedy can lead to tragedy. #KikuSharda- Prateeksha Nayak (@PrateakshaNayak) January 13, 2016
Section 295A needs to go. Or modified. Or something. It gives every religious group ammo to go after anyone.- Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) January 13, 2016
Congratulations India on speedily arresting someone for comedy. Now maybe you can do the same for actual crime soon.- Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 13, 2016
.@mlkhattar Sir, could you please tell us how section 295A applies to the case of Dera Sacha Sauda (a non-religious body) vs Kiku Sharda?- Suprateek Chatterjee (@SupraMario) January 13, 2016
The joke is on you India. #KikuSharda- Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) January 13, 2016
I always knew MSG causes headaches.. didn't know it causes arrests too...#KikuSharda- Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) January 13, 2016
Nobody arrested Baba Ram rahim for insulting the cinema ,dance,music,acting,Fashion and what not.. #KikuSharda- Zeal (@blithesoul_) January 13, 2016