Q&A: SHYAM RANGEELA

India Today - - LEISURE - —with Ro­hit Par­i­har

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.

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