Earlier we had reported that with judges Mallika Dua, Hussain Dalal, and Zakir Khan accompanied by super judge Akshay Kumar, the comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge hasn’t clocked up the numbers as expected and the makers, who are unsatisfied with the show’s TRPs, decided to part ways with Dua, Dalal and Khan. Now we hear that Star Plus refused to air comedian Shyam Rangeela’s act, which was recorded for the channel’s reality show because Shyam had imitated Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the act.Also Read - Viral Video: Indonesian YouTuber Dances on Sooryavanshi Song Najaa, Akshay Kumar Loves It
Reportedly, the video of a mimicked version of PM Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi (making a guest appearance) has gone viral on the internet but the channel decided to not air it. In a statement to The Wire, Shyam told, “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.” Shyam submitted further two scripts based on Modi were rejected too. ALSO READ: (Bigg Boss 11: Here’s What Priya Malik Has To Say About Hina Khan, Priyank Sharma, Vikas Gupta And Shilpa Shinde) Also Read - This Is How Twinkle Khanna-Akshay Kumar, Kajol-Ajay Devgn Split Their Bills, Deets Inside
He further added, “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.” Shyam, who was asked to re-record his act without mimicking Modi, “They said you can’t mimic Modi but you can do Rahul Gandhi,” adding that, “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.” Also Read - Mallika Dua Dismisses Rumours of Her Father Vinod Dua's Death: Let Him Have His Dignity
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The comedian performed a new act but was not paid the remuneration by the channel and was eliminated from the show two episodes after they aired his new act. Shyam said, “Akshay Kumar loved my act and even made me perform it backstage for when the team of Golmaal Again came to promote their movie on the reality show.” Well, this is the second time that a media house has refused to air his Modi mimic act. Earlier this year, Radio Mirchi had scrapped the ‘Mitron’ segment as it was opposed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.