Most actors have social media inhibitions when it comes to speaking their mind. But then again, most actors are not Rishi Kapoor. Adding yet another feather to his Twitter cap, the veteran Bollywood actor has called out Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, on the micro-blogging platform, daring his authorities to put him in jail.
Here’s what Rishi tweeted:
See this picture!I would like to play this rockstar in a film. Let me see who puts me behind bars? Go Kiku Sharda! pic.twitter.com/8Dfre237NY— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) January 13, 2016la
The reaction came in the wake of the recent arrest of comedian Kiku Sharda for mimicking Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Many celebrities have since come forward to support the artist for his harmless act.
Kapil Sharma also tweeted in support of his friend and urged the Dera Sacha Sauda chief to condemn Kiku’s arrest.
Vishal Dadlani tweeted about #FreeKiku
Comedy brings joy ), unites people in laughter! Religious-leaders prey on the insecurity of ‘followers’, are a blight on humanity! #FreeKiku— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 13, 2016
Other comedians came out to support Kiku as well.
Kiku Sharda’s arrest is a blatant, disgusting misuse of the law. One’s heart goes out to him & his family.— vrajesh hirjee (@vrajeshhirjee) January 13, 2016
Congratulations India on speedily arresting someone for comedy. Now maybe you can do the same for actual crime soon.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 13, 2016
And celebrity support continued to grow.
A country where everything is sacred except laughter #KikuSharda— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 13, 2016
Even KRK got the joke in the arrest.
#KikuSharda got arrested for mimicking Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Are you serious police n court? Are you really serious? What a joke of the law!😛😭— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) January 13, 2016
And Sonu Sood posted this cartoon.
Anurag Kashyap raised a valid point.
This arrest of Kiku Sharda , the way it happened, and for reasons that it did is the really the rock bottom of democracy..— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 13, 2016
While Kiku Sharda apologized via his Twitter post.
Doston the act on TV was not to hurt anyone’s feelings. My apologies to @Gurmeetramrahim ji and his followers. Let’s spread happiness. 🙏— kiku sharda (@kikusharda) December 28, 2015
Though Gurmeet Ram Rahim half-heartedly accepted Kiku’s apology, he was quick to mention how his devotees were hurt because of the act.
I was busy shooting OnlineGurukul; just got to know, devotees are hurt due to Kiku’s action.If he has apologized, no complaint from my side— GURMEET RAM RAHIM (@Gurmeetramrahim) January 13, 2016
Meanwhile, Kiku was re-arrested in Fatehabad due to a similar complaint.