The team of Jay Hind!, online stand-up comedy show under the banner of Undercover Productions had been getting death threats. The trigger? The online segment featured a parody of Fauja Singh (British centenarian marathon runner of Punjabi Sikh origin). This didn't go down with a certain section of viewers who felt it was hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikhs.
Producer of the show Abhigyan Jha, and stand up comedians Sumeet Raghavan and Rajeev Nigam had to upload an apology video explaining the joke. According to them the joke wasn't poking fun at the Sikh community at all.
Abhigyan says, "We don't believe that the Fauja Singh video wasn't in good taste. Taste is after all a matter of choice. We apologised that we ended up offending people."
Sumeet Raghavan shrugs off the matter saying, "I didn't give it much importance. There are more horrible things happening in this world."
The death threats have subsided ever since the apology was rendered. Abhigyan says that he will however never simmer down the content of Jay Hind! as he is a strong believer of the freedom of speech.
Comedian Rajeev Nigam had earlier pointed out that Abhigyan was the bravest person ever that he had worked with. "He is afraid of nobody. I am proud to be a part of a bold show like Jay Hind!"
We quizzed Abhigyan as to why he thought that his weekend The Late Night Show on Colors (also hosted by Sumeet Raghavan) hadn't garnered good TRP. He retorted, "The TRPs of Movers and Shakers and The Late Night Show were at par. What do you expect when a show has a low budget and zero promotion? Also condensing the whole week's news into two weekend episodes isn't a format which really works. People prefer a daily format."
Jay Hind! will be completing 300 episodes in September. "The details of the second season of the Late Night Show will be decided in October," says Abhigyan.
Author and reporter: Pallavi Bhattacharya