Shyam Rangeela gets standing ovation for Modi, Rahul mimic

MUMBAI: A viral video of comedian Shyam Rangeela mimicking PM Modi is currently doing rounds on several social media platforms and WhatsApp.

Shlyam, who appeared on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star Plus show made the judges roll with laughter after he mimicked the PM in the most Modi way possible.

In the WhatsAppvideo, he also had seen mimicking Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

His performance mimicking Modi came into discussion when comedian Mallika Dua, a former judge of the show, raised concern regarding the remark the Super Judge Akshay Kumar made at her, by sharing a video.

The video was reportedly a leaked portion of an episode shoot held around a month ago, and it was never aired by channel Star Plus. It showcases Mallika’s fellow judge Zakir Khan telling Akshay that they will also accompany him to ‘ring a bell’ as a mark of appreciation for Rangeela for the Modi act.

That’s when Akshay says, Mallikaji, ‘Aap bell bajao, main aap ko bajata hun’ (You ring the bell, I will bang you).”

Mallika and her journalist father Vinod Dua on Wednesday condemned the comments and asked Akshay to apologize.

Shyam, a farmer’s son, is from Rajasthan. He says it was his “big dream” to be a part of such a big platform, but it turned out to be a “nightmare” as they didn’t give him the freedom to perform what he was chosen for.

He said that he was asked to avoid mimicking PM Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi — something he considers his forte.

“I got a chance to be a part of this show because of my mimicry. But when I gave my first performance while mimicking Modiji and Rahul (Gandhi), I was informed to do some other act. Then I was informed that I can’t do the Modi act and can mimic Rahul. So, I started making another script. But after a few days, I was again told not to mimic Rahul also. In the end, I performed the same script in my own voice – with just two days’ rehearsals and got eliminated,” said Rangeela.

This is not the first time Rangeela imitates a politician.

He became online sensation after his video, titled ‘Modi’s reaction to Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai’, uploaded on YouTube on November 19.

With IANS inputs