Kunal Kamra’s tell-all: Comedian recounts encounter with Arnab on Tanmay Bhat's vlog
Despite the debate over whether Kamra did the right thing by "heckling" the anchor, or did the airlines overreact without following due process; there have been several small questions which have bugged us since the release of the video where Goswami could be seen sternly avoiding Kamra's questions. Kunal Kamra answers them in this hilarious vlog.
It's often said that some comedians do a better job reporting than journalists themselves. Though that's a notion often expressed jokingly or without much information, it's a comedian who has got Kunal Kamra's first detailed account of his much controversial encounter with Republic TV Editor and anchor Arnab Goswami on a flight.
In a vlog (video-blog) by AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat, Kunal Kamra, at his hilarious best, tells all about the viral encounter which made four airlines put the comedian on a no-fly list. This even led to Kamra sending a legal notice to IndiGo airline demanding an unconditional apology, revocation of the ban and Rs 25 lakh compensation.
'What was Arnab watching?'
Despite these big developments which have divided the country on whether Kamra did the right thing by "heckling" the anchor, or did the airlines overreact without following due process; there have been several small questions which have bugged us since the release of the video where Goswami could be seen sternly avoiding Kamra's questions and hiding behind his shades and earphones.
One of them has been "what was Arnab watching so intently on his computer" while Kamra was asking him whether "he was a coward or a nationalist".
Seems like even Kamra is not too sure about what Goswami was watching. "I have no idea, I hope it's a Karan Johar film. I'm even curious to know what he was watching. I wonder what could have been so interesting that he pretended not to hear me," said Kamra in the vlog.
“Aap chronology samjhiye”
Explaining the “chronology” of events, Kamra said: "First he pretended to be on a phone call, then he pretended to not wanting to speak to me, then he said that he doesn't want to speak. Then I gave a monologue. But he triggered me while I was giving my monologue, by saying that "this man is mentally unstable and should be returned to his seat". Then I thought, let's have the seat.
But once the seatbelt signs went off, the comedian got his captive audience. Only after this, the now-viral video was shot.
"Then I decided that I'll go again to have a polite discourse with him, but if he doesn't agree to the proposal for a polite discourse, then I'll do exactly what Republic TV people do. Because if we have to fight a swine, then we have to get muddy," said the popular comedian.
I have 0 fucks to give for liberal viladation or what woke culture thinks about what I did... I am not interested in taking the higher moral ground...— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) February 1, 2020
Agar suvar se laadna hai toh keechad main utarna hai...
Aajoo... ladte hai.
Questioning or harassment?
Commenting on the online outrage and debate surrounding the incident, Kamra said: "Even liberals have condemned me saying that emotions got the better of me. But yes, I am emotional, I am sensitive and I do not have f**** left to give."
In the video, he even jokingly looked in his pockets to find some, but only to come out empty-handed.
When fellow comedian Tanmnay Bhat asked him what he thinks about the argument that his questioning amounted to harassment, Kamra said that he will be okay with Goswami filing a police complaint and he is ready to be a part of the investigation if required.
"Don't call me out of concern"
In the 17-minute-long vlog, the next cut takes us to Kamra attending a call where he could be heard talking to a friend. In the hilarious phone call, the comedian asks his friend to call him out love rather than concern. Because "if you are calling me out of concern, and that's a problem," says Kamra.
"Don't worry about what I'll do in the next six months. Bhaisaab woh sab chodo (leave that aside, brother), you worry about the GDP growth rate. I am just fine. I am roaming around in the car and my life is going well on the front foot." Kamra said this on the vlog that was purportedly shot just the day after the comedian met the anchor.
Joking about his ban on flying with the four airlines, Kamra said: "Ninety-nine per cent of India anyway travels via trains. So I'll live."
Bhat, who's no stranger to controversy himself, starts off the video by (not) sharing his opinion on the entire incident. Bhat says that his opinion is not in black and white and that he has a nuanced view on the issue.
But he does say that the airlines’ act of putting Kamra on the no-fly list without following due process is over-reaction, but the "celebration of either Arnab or Kamra's suffering is a symptom of an idle mind", says Bhat.
After the entire incident, Kamra even alleged that someone leaked his phone number and he's being swarmed with phone calls from strangers.
Assholes have leaked my number & have been calling relentlessly to argue - If arnab deserves your discourse & debate while you invade his privacy... we can do the same to you...— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) February 1, 2020
yes you can.
But every number who doesn’t know me & calls me I’ll put it in public...
The vlog also features a host of India's most popular comedians like Varun Thakur, Kaneez Surka, Zakir Khan, Varun Grover, Rohan Joshi, and Abhishek Upamanyu to name a few. During the course of the vlog, we get to know that all of them, including Kamra, are participating in a charity show to help the Internet Freedom Foundation.
Watch the video here: