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I am Sorry, but not scared: Kiku Sharda

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New Delhi: On January 13, Kiku Sharda was arrested on the grounds of making fun of religious leader, called godman, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.The comic who appears as Palak on Comedy nights with Kapil, has been to hell and back, after allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a godman’s followers on a show on the different channel.

Now safe at home, Kiku says, ‘’I have always been a non-controversial entertainer. I don’t know how or why this happened. But It’s not as if I will stop laughing or stop raising laughs.I am sorry but not scared. This one incident has not soured my relationship with comedy.But it has made me question my own beliefs. I have never insulted anyone in my life. No one has the right to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments.”

Kiku pleads innocence about the offended godman’s reach and following and holds the writers(of the special, Jashn-e-umeed) and the channel (Zee) responsible.”I had no idea of how important he was to his followers and the work he did. As usual, I was given a getup and my lines by the writers. I just went on stage and performed what was given to me.Little did I know that it would snowball into such a controversy.”

Kiku is grateful to Zee for coming forward with all legal help after the arrest and bail, but he feels, “There was a long gap between the time when the show was held and my arrest. Legal measures could have been taken to avert this situation. Still, I am grateful to the channel for coming forward with all the help possible.”

Kiku says he has received overwhelming support from all quarters.”The entertainment industry has been very supportive. Rishi Kapoorji, Farah Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, they have all spoken up in my defence.” He adds,”There were around 800 people there, restless and aggressive, anything could have happened.That’s when the full impact of the trouble that I was in, hit me.I have to thank the Haryana police for protecting me from harm. They escorted me inside (the police station) by hand and made sure I wasn’t harmed.”

Kiku has also received support from CINTAA (Cine & Television Artist Association):’’I got a call from their chairperson Amit Bahl.We need to sit down and chalk down legal safety measures for all of us.’’(IANS)(Image:kathmandupost)

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