Why Kunal Kamra’s “Bold” Satire Stands Out in the Age of Bollywood’s “Apolitical” Stars

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Why Kunal Kamra’s “Bold” Satire Stands Out in the Age of Bollywood’s “Apolitical” Stars

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ith Lok Sabha elections announced to begin next month, the country is suffering from a serious case of election fever. Members of Parliament are jumping ship in the run-up to the battle, switching parties with the same frequency that the rest of us change our chaddis. Allegiances between parties are being forged and broken faster than you can say “Mahagathbandhan”, and every politician is competing for who can make the least believable promises to voters.

But you know it’s election season when stand-up comedian and enemy of the state, Kunal Kamra, releases a video. Kamra is known for his challenging, truth-to-power approach to comedy, couched behind a diffident, bemused onstage persona. While his gift for articulating what many of us think about politicians has won him plenty of fans, Kamra’s refusal to recognise sacred cows has also garnered him criticism, and worse. As Kamra detailed last January in a long Facebook post, he was evicted from his apartment for his spicy political commentary; he claimed that show organisers routinely ask him to tone down his jokes, or worse, cancel his sets at the last minute.

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