Munawar Faruqui might well be the bravest stand-up comedian in India today (he edges out this bloke called Kunal Kamra by the barest of margins). He has a no-holds-barred approach when it comes to politics and religion and he’s gotten into trouble even when he hasn’t said a thing.
Born in Junagadh in Gujarat, Faruqui often jokes about ‘surviving’ Godhra before moving to Mumbai with his family. He embarked on a career in graphic design in 2009. At his workplace, his funny quips were a constant source of entertainment for his coworkers, which encouraged him to take up comedy as a full-time career.
Now a resident of Dongri, Faruqui’s stand-up solo Dongri to Nowhere promises to take one on a journey of his life experiences from Gujarat to Dongri and “Dongri to nowhere”. If you’re in Bangalore, Chandigarh or Mumbai, you can catch his show in the coming weeks.
Munawar Faruqui’s brand of comedy is, to put it subtly, not conducive with the country’s current political climate. There’s no better example than his first every video on YouTube, filled with unabashed punches.
And here’s a musical composition on some of the events that ensued in the country last year…
He also loves a good roast, and has a series of roast videos on his YouTube channel.
In January, he made national headlines when the Indore police arrested him for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments in his show. He was held behind bars for over a month till he got bail at the start of February. About a week later, he uploaded this masterpiece…