Industry must stand united on 'Palak' arrest: Deepak Dobriyal

Industry must stand united on

Submitted by Newseditor on Wed, 2016-01-13 21:32 Mumbai: Following the arrest of television actor Kiku Sharda for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, actor Deepak Dobriyal on Wednesday called upon the industry to stand united on the matter. "The Industry has to stand united on this. He ( Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh) himself is an artiste, so he should understand that it was comedy. Being an artiste is a struggle with self. So, putting someone behind the bars is not a joke. It is an idiotic thing to put him in jail," Dobriyal told ANI. "All the comedians in the country do comedy, but also care about the sentiments. The comedians show the mirror of our society. If we start taking everything seriously, then nothing will progress. Kiku has said sorry, if someone's sentiments have been hurt," he added. Echoing similar sentiments, stand-up comedian Ahsaan Qureshi said, "I have got hurt with Kiku's imprisonment. He has not made fun of Ram Rahim Singh ji. Comedy has a formula in the nation. A mimicry artist mimics someone who is famous and Baba has a special place in everyone's heart. If people start feeling bad, then it will be a problem for the artists." Qureshi further said as Kiku has already apologised, he should be freed as soon as possible. The issue came to light after the December 27, 2015, episode of 'Comedy Nights with Kapil' was aired on television. This episode had Sharda mimic the Dera Sacha Sauda head, something which didn't go down too well with his followers, leading them to file a police case against the actor. The actor has been booked under Section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief. Kiku, on the very next day of the episode, wrote an apology on his twitter handle saying, "Doston the act on TV was not to hurt anyone's feelings. My apologies to @Gurmeetramrahim ji and his followers. Let's spread happiness." (ANI)