#IAmOffended #HindiEnglishDocumentaryFilmReview #JohnsonThomas #Rating: * * 1/2

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Indian Documentary Review
Johnson Thomas

Timely, Topical but not Effective!

Film: I am Offended
Cast: Vir Das, Varun Grover, Sanjay Rajoura, Sorabh Pant, Rajneesh Kapoor, Tanmay Bhatt, Ashish Shakya, Rohan Joshi, Rajeev Nigam, Gursimran Khamba
Director: Jaideep Varma


Rating: * * ½

Coming at a time when Stand-up comedy is receiving a great deal of criticism from the establishment, following the AIB Roast series and the hue and cry following it’s live performance and youtube video grab, this documentary about Indian stand-up comic acts , their mind-sets, routines, experiences and the conflicts faced by them due to growing audience intolerance, hopes to fire a salvo in favor of freedom of speech.  

Stand-up comedy in India is a relatively new aspirational field of entertainment dominated by  the likes of today’s stand-up stars Vir Das, Sanjay Rajoura,Varun Grover, Rajneesh Kapoor, Tanmay Bhatt and many others. It’s a fairly growing field with new stars born every other month. The growing interest in TV shows, comedic hosting, comedy central performances stand testament to the increasing popularity of this form of vicarious entertainment which feeds off satirical take-offs of celebrities, popular icons and uncommon experiences.     

Jaideep Verma’s film tires to engage in a discussion on intolerance regarding comic acts with different stakeholders in the pantheons of stand-up comedy including humorists from different media: Johnny Lever, Raju Shrivastav (film/stage), Jug Suraiya (print), Pu La Deshpande (literature), members of AIB to East India Comedy, Varun Grover, Vir Das, Anuvab Pal, Rajneesh Kapoor, Rajeev Nigam, Sanjay Rajoura, Johnny Lever, Jay Hind creator Abhigyan Jha, columnist G Sampath, and others. A range of opinions on the subject of comedy are offered and opinions on offense varies as per personal experiences. The conflicts and rigid mindsets of the audience are exposed as also the irreverence and intentional disrespect of the performers as an integral form of their craft. India being a multi-religious and multi-cultural society, Intolerance is a given. 

So there’s not much surprise when organizers turn censors and public raise a hue and cry on language and irreverence. The taking down of the recently controversial AIB Roast, underlines this fact even more. The inability of the larger group to come together and raise a voice against the curbs on their freedom of expression, shows this community of performers to be fledglings who are yet to find their wings. This documentary is an expression of the repression they endure but it’s not a strong enough voice to ensure that the brakes don’t endure!

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