Actor Kiku Sharda was booked on Wednesday and sent to a 14-day judicial custody for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by mimicking Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on a TV show. The comedian however got bail and returned to Mumbai on Thursday.
Kiku believes that he had to suffer alone for the act when an entire production was involved in bringing out this show. “My only thing is why the entire blame is coming on the actor, when I am someone who is given a script, given a set of clothes to do the act. I might be ignorant but people who made the show should have been aware what they are making, the producers… there are SNP (The legal team of a channel) in every channel, so they should have been more careful regarding these things,” Sharda told CNN-IBN.
However, Sharda emphasised that he didn’t hurt any religious sentiments deliberately and that there are more people involved in putting up the act. “Why make a thing that can hurt anybody. I am also saying that see my body of work for last 13 years; all the clean work that I have done. My shows are watched by kids. I do work which are funny also and are acceptable by everybody. When I am not comfortable doing a double-meaning comedy then why would I want to hurt anybody deliberately (sic),” said Sharda.
Sharda, best known for playing the character Palak on the show Comedy Nights with Kapil also claims that on the day of the shoot, he was told what to wear and what his look was likely to be. “I was told it's a dance, and I rehearsed it for two days. I wasn't even aware of the getup,” said Sharda.
He is thankful to people for the support he received in social media. “I just came back in the morning and saw the twitter and the all kind of social media (sic). I am quite happy with the support people have given me,” he said.