Varun Grover has many hats. He is a lyricist, comedian, screenwriter and author all rolled into one. However, years ago he played a prank on Ayesha Takia that got him into trouble. He was heavily criticized for his joke on the actress. Scroll down to find out more.
In 2019, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit shared a tweet with a clip from Grover’s 2012 show that has circulated online. The filmmaker not only attacked the comedian-screenwriter but also actresses such as Shabana Azmi, Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Nandita Das.
Pandit tweeted: “The silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditas in this misogynistic statement by @varungrover where he literally abuses and annoys @Ayeshatakia is sad. I call on all those who respect the dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so-called comedian. [sic]”Take a look at the tweet below:
Silence of @AzmiShabana Appear @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditas in this misogynistic statement of @varungrover Where he literally abuses and annoys @Ayeshatakia it’s sad. I appeal to all those who respect the dignity and respect of women to name and shame this alleged comedian. pic.twitter.com/MsdThLMKH4
– Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) Apr 24, 2019
In the video, Varun Grover is seen making a joke on Amitabh Bachchan and said: “He is like everywhere. It’s like aise nikal rahe hai, itne zyada nikal rahe hai jaise Ayesha Takia ke b ** bs. “After Ashoke Pandit’s tweet, many reacted to this video. Actor Anup Soni wrote:” @varungrover, this is bad .. Really bad … This is not a comedy. “
While the writer and comedian was vehemently criticized for his eleven-year-old comment on Ayesha, Richa Chadda reacted to Ashoke Pandit’s tweet, “Sir, for you and for everyone who is waiting to attack me again, I would just like to say so. Many things happen in our country on a daily basis, (crime or otherwise), that to be outraged by the speed with which you wait, I would have to quit my daily job as an actor and sit on Twitter all day. “
Although Ayesha Takia has not reacted to this joke, Varun Grover during a conversation with the Hindustan Times had said that he had accepted the mistake and was sorry. He said, “I feel like in stand-up comedy I have made the most mistakes in my use of words and my speech. It is a spontaneous act in which we have indicators that we extend on the spot. In the beginning, there was a lot of abuse and incorrect words. I once said something that Ayesha Takia thought I agreed was ‘batameezi’ so they still point me out. There were also other jokes that I think were wrong and I have accepted my mistakes. Before, I used to use abuses freely, but now I don’t and even if I use one or two in a full act, they are gender neutral and justified. Also, (abuse) restricts family hearings. When it comes to opinions, I don’t care. They can be different for everyone. “
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