V for Varun Grover

Writer, author, lyricist, activist, poet, and stand-up comedian Varun Grover is a well-known name in the field of the visual medium. He has won the National award for the best lyrics in 2015-16 for his song ‘Moh moh ke dhaage’ from the movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. This intellectual activist is known for his strong opinion on the current political and socio-economic scenario in the country. His work includes movies like Masaan and Gangs of Wasserpur, Udta Punjab, Newton and web series like Sacred Games among many others. His poem ‘Hum Kaagaz Nahi Dikhayenge’ against the imposition of NRC went viral to become such a rage that it was considered as the unofficial anthem for solidarity in the fight against oppression. A few months ago, he was also in the news for uploading pictures wearing nail paints while smashing gender stereotyping.

Varun Grover - Source: YouTube
Varun Grover – Source: YouTube

Grover is known for his political satires. Be it on the ban that the movie Padmavaat faced or the stifling environment overshadowing the nation, this razor-sharp humorist doesn’t mince his words while taking a dig at such an unfortunate turn of events. ‘Aisi Taisi Democracy‘, the part comedy and part musical show that he performs with Rahul Ram (Indian Ocean) and Sanjay Rajoura touch upon uncomfortable topics in the present scenario.

Through the veil of humor, Grover highlights those issues that are either covered-up or not supposed to be spoken about for being highly sensitive. This powerful and empowered artist promotes awareness by coating the truth with a dose of humor. There are very few performers who have the potential to create such thought-provoking quality content applying the genre of comedy.

This is the twenty-second post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge based on the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona.’ I will see you on Monday when I disclose the featured stand-up comedian in my post for W.

You can read the previous posts in the series here. I strongly recommend everyone to watch this video to understand how jokes can also make you uncomfortable and hit your conscience while laughing out loud.

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

32 thoughts on “V for Varun Grover”

  1. Varun Grover is my favorite comedian and film writer right now. Masaan is a coming of age movie in Indian cinema, one of the few gems with a dalit protagnonist. I love the female characters he paints.

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    1. Loving your write ups. An avid fan of Stand-up comedy. It completely relaxes a working mind after a long day.
      These comedians have the nerve to speak their mind out and have faced a lot of criticism on choosing this as their profession.

      I hope they can read your posts. Not checked your Twitter shares, tag them on Twitter. Sure they’ll look. Out of 26 atleast 1 will.

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      1. Thank you so much, Sristhi. I have tagged them individually while sharing the posts. Amit Tandon, Captain Nick, Abhijit Ganguly, Appurv Gupta, Random Chikibum have been kind eto like, RT and respond to my tweets. The rest are either too big or too busy to notice.


  2. He is so versatile. Thank you for sharing this awesome video. Reminded me of so many of his videos I had seen some time back. So good to actually know the person through your post.

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  3. I do not like his stand-ups as much but he is one amazingly talented person. When I got to know about his scriptwriting career, I was so impressed. You have indeed brought out an amazing selection here in the series.

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  4. Varun is a gem. But among all, Through the veil of humor, Grover highlights those issues that are either covered-up or not supposed to be spoken about for being highly sensitive. I liked this most. This act makes him different and unique. Lovely post Sonia.

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      1. I also liked the one who you said, does comedy gigs for bringing smile on children’s faces. It’s amazing!


  5. Thank you for this post and for your subject. I’ve only just discovered your blog, so will have to go back and read. My Hindi is weak and Varun Grover is very witty and fast-talking, so I will have to watch it over and over again to fully appreciate what he is saying. J


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