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Rishi Kapoor wants to play Dera chief, dares authorities to arrest him

A day after comedian Kiku Sharda was arrested and released twice for ‘hurting religious sentiments’, Bollywood extended its support to the TV actor. Well-known stars such as Rishi Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap even criticised Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Singh for projecting himself a ‘rockstar baba’ and much more.

bollywood Updated: Jan 14, 2016 12:00 IST
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Kiku Sharda
Supporting Kiku’s act of comedy, Rishi Kapoor tweeted on Thursday morning, “See this picture!I would like to play this rockstar in a film. Let me see who puts me behind bars? Go Kiku Sharda!”.

A day after comedian Kiku Sharda was arrested and released twice for ‘hurting religious sentiments’, Bollywood extended its support to the TV actor. Well-known stars such as Rishi Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap even criticised Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Singh for projecting himself a ‘rockstar baba’ and much more.

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Kiku Sharda after being produced in a Kaithal court on Wednesday. ) (Hindustan Times/Vishal)

Sharda, best known for his performance as Palak on Comedy Nights with Kapil, was granted bail hours his arrest on Wednesday morning for allegedly mimicking Singh.

After the arrest, the actor said he didn’t mean to hurt the feelings of any community and apologised saying, “I’m an artist who is given a role, a get-up and told what to do. I’ve already apologised. I did not mean to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. I am sorry, I was just following a script.”

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Singh, for his part, accepted Sharda’s apology. “I was busy shooting OnlineGurukul; just got to know, devotees are hurt due to Kiku’s action. If he has apologised, no complaint from my side,” he tweeted.

Supporting Kiku’s act of comedy, Rishi Kapoor tweeted on Thursday morning, “See this picture!I would like to play this rockstar in a film. Let me see who puts me behind bars? Go Kiku Sharda!”

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap minced no words when he took to Twitter late on Wednesday and wrote, “Gurmeet Ram Rahim insults the sensibilities of anyone who is sixth class pass with his MSG films… Why is he not arrested??? Really the man who has to call himself Insaan to prove he is maybe a human, is of such weak disposition that he gets a comic arrested.. This arrest of Kiku Sharda , the way it happened, and for reasons that it did is the really the rock bottom of democracy.”

A few other Bollywood actors and several TV stars, too tweeted their support for Kiku Sharda.

Read: From appreciation to arrest, Kiku Sharda pays the price for being funny?