Vir Das writes open letter after his show was stopped by Delhi cops

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2015 15:24 IST

Comedian Vir Das has said in a Facebook post that Delhi police tried to disrupt his show at the Siri Fort auditorium on Saturday night and alleged that they did so under the direction of ‘someone with influence’.

Das, whose show Unbelievable Tour, was being staged in Delhi, wrote in the post that in the second half of his show policemen turned up at the venue and questioned his crew members, claiming that someone had complained to them about the show.

“My crew is being questioned by Police as the show is going on, they are all taken away from their event duties. Trying to explain to them that it’s a comedy show, which the police have now begun recording for investigation purposes on phones. To their credit, they are just doing their job…investigating a complaint filed. And more than an investigation 'Humare pass kissi Ka phone aaya tha' seems to be the consensus. Clearly someone with influence was called who, then made this call,” wrote Das.

Das wrote that trouble started brewing the moment he performed an irreverent act on former president APJ Abdul Kalam.

“We are now at interval in Sirifort, and an intellectual gentlemen has walked into my green room and said ‘Excuse me….you cannot talk about Kalam’,” wrote Das.

Das added that the closing of his show had to be done hurriedly because police officers told them that the show was ‘overtime’.

“Sensing that we are about to get shut down, I skip the big closing bit, wrap up the show as quickly as I can, spend no time at all thanking my audience, which I think is the most important part of the show and get off stage.”

Das added: “I am now in my green room with my crew who is asking me to just evacuate the venue which I refuse to do. My logic: I’ve done nothing wrong, let me talk to the Police, it will be fine. Eventually the cops leave saying that the complaint will have to be addressed, they will be reviewing my comedy footage, and I’m preparing myself for that process. This letter isn't about that.”

Delhi police have, however, denied any such incident and said that there was no phone call from any ‘influential person’ to take action against Das’s show. “Policemen on regular duty were present there at the auditorium. But there was nothing like what the comedian has written,” Satindar, SHO of Hauz Khaz police station, told Hindustan Times.

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