Q&A: SHYAM RANGEELA
Comedian Shyam Sunder Rangeela on Modi, mimicry and mocking Rahul Gandhi
Q You said that Star Plus told you not to mimic PM Modi on The Great Indian Laughter
Challenge. Do you think he might invite you to perform it in person?
I hope that after his Gujarat victory, Modiji will meet me. I see him as someone who respects all and forgives those who cast aspersions on him.
Q Any trouble with pro-Modi trolls?
I don’t know from where this abusive lot that claims to be his bhakts has emerged. They are neither from the RSS nor the BJP, as many from these organisations, including Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, have told me that they like my act.
Q Between Modi and Rahul Gandhi, who do you like the most?
They are my Santa-Banta. One is incomplete without the other. But Rahul is a comedy by himself and Modi is catching up fast.
Q Is lampooning a politician difficult or scary? Which other politician do you plan to target?
Lampooning is difficult, but with the social media around, one cannot stop the circulation of such satire. It quickly tells us if what has been said is correct or incorrect. Next on my target is Yogi Adityanath.