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'Kiku Sharda's Arrest is Anarchism, Stupidity,' Says Actor Piyush Mishra

  | January 19, 2016 19:38 IST (Mumbai)
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The image on the left was posted on Instagram by khidkiyaan and (right) a file photo of Kiku Sharda.

"It is anarchism, stupidity and insulting. It is like killing the freedom of expression. Deepak Dobriyal had said on a news channel that he (Ram Rahim Singh) came and made a joke of the film industry by making MSG (Messenger of God), so why can't we make fun of him?" said Piyush Mishra

Lyricist-actor Piyush Mishra, on January 19, said that the arrest of TV comedian Kiku Sharda was a murder of freedom of expression.
Actor Sikander Kher too voiced the same sentiment.
Mr Sharda was recently arrested for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and subsequently released.
"It is anarchism, stupidity and insulting. It is like killing the freedom of expression," Mr Mishra told reporters at the trailer launch of Tere Bin Laden - Dead or Alive in Mumbai.
Mr Mishra's co-star in the film, actor Manish Paul, said that if a person is imitating someone, it means that he is doing it out of respect.
"Everyone has their own comedy. Our motive is to bring a smile to people's faces but if they have a problem with that then we cannot do anything about that," he said. (Also Read: 'Go Kiku Sharda,' Tweets Rishi Kapoor After Comedian's Arrest)
Sikander, who also stars in the film, said that people cannot be arrested for their comedy. "It's absolutely preposterous. It's killing of freedom of expression. Comedy is comedy world over. People should laugh, you can't arrest somebody," he said.
Mr Mishra added, "Deepak Dobriyal had said on a news channel that he (Ram Rahim Singh) came and made a joke of the film industry by making MSG (Messenger of God), so why can't we make fun of him?"
When asked about the growing number of adult comedies in Bollywood, Manish said that these films have an audience too. "If you don't like it then don't watch it," he said.
Mr Mishra, who has starred in the bold comedy The Shaukeens, however, said that there should be "some limit".
"I disagree. There should be some limit. You can't show anything. My sister and mother are sitting beside me and you cannot show anything."
Manish replied, "Sir films like these are not to be watched with sisters..."
Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Tere Bin Laden - Dead or Alive is a sequel to the 2010 film Tere Bin Laden. The film is scheduled to release on February 19.


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