Comedian Shyam Rangeela – whose video imitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi (with a mimicked version of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi making a ‘guest appearance’) went viral on social media – has alleged that Star Plus refused to air his act recorded for the channel’s reality show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’.
“Almost a month after the episode was originally recorded, I got a phone call from the production team of the reality show asking me to shoot a new act because the channel decided to not air it,” Rangeela told The Wire. This was after two further scripts that he had submitted were rejected because they were on Modi.
Rangeela, unlike other contestants who had to give auditions, was invited by the channel to participate in the reality show after his videos mimicking Modi and other politicians went viral on social media.
“The production team told me that the decision to not air my act was taken because the channel feared that it will offend some people and they might protest against them,” he claimed.
He was then told to re-record his act without mimicking Modi. “They said you can’t mimic Modi but you can do Rahul Gandhi,”, Rangeela told The Wire. “I thought, ok, at least they are letting me do something, I can salvage something. But later they told me I can’t do Rahul either.”
Rangeela who appeared on Star Plus show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, made the judges of the show Akshay Kumar, Zakir Khan, Mallika Dua, and Hussain Dalal roll with laughter after he mimicked the PM in the most Modi way possible.
However, this isn’t the first time Rangeela has mimicked Modi. Last year, the comedian had posted a video titled “Modi ji’s reaction on Sonam Gupta Bewafa hai” on his YouTube channel that had gone insanely viral with over a million views on the platform.
The great ‘TRP’ challenge
Star Plus, which has been a dominant player in the Hindi entertainment television space, has fallen behind rivals Colors, Sony Entertainment Television and Zee TV in October, reported the Economic Times. This report came soon after the channel decided to part ways with Dua, Dalal and Khan citing low TRPs.
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