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Jaideep Varma

Filmmaker

The writer is a filmmaker who has made four films, including the National Award-winning Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean. His latest full-length documentary on Indian stand-up humour within an environment of intolerance is called “I Am Offended!” and it releases on the Being Indian channel of Culture Machine for free on February 5th.

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The Great Indian Laughter Challenge

People within the Indian Establishment are offended by the idea that their beneficial status quo can be disturbed by inconvenient democratic principles like free speech and strict law enforcement. So, knee-jerk pre-emptive measures are taken at the first signs of anything that challenges, let alone upsets, that you-scratch-mine-I-scratch-yours balance.
05/02/2015 11:50 AM IST