‘Kaksha Gyarvi’ By Zakir Khan | Stand-up Special Review
Devang Pathak

You seek for sexism where none exists.

His moral compass may not align with your supposedly progressive woke mindset, but that does not mean it’s wrong, or sexist. He just tells a story. He doesn’t portray women in a bad light, nor does he demean them. Never does he even insinuate ‘she (Natasha) has to simply stand witness as men around her decide amongst themselves who she can and can’t be with.’ If you took that away from his words, that says more about you than him.

Now the thing about suicide. Yes, it is a serious problem. And YES, we can joke about it. Should we? Probably not, and Zakir doesn’t either. There was nothing insensitive about his remark, he took pride in saying he got through so much that today’s kids would cut their veins for. What’s wrong in that? His expression showed compassion and empathy when he was talking about that rather than the ‘insensitivity’ that you saw. I was wondering if we even saw the same special.

Lastly, your statement that ‘the special cements the belief that Zakir is incapable of extending his empathy beyond straight Indian men.’ It is partly true, but not entirely. His appeal extends to the common Indian man. (Man is used in its colloquial sense here, not because I am a sexist.) And strangely, your arriving at this conclusion is rather hypocritical, you end up proudly propounding your stereotype of straight Indian men. Doesn’t that go against your woke culture?

If anything, Zakir highlights the flaws of the stereotype that men are supposed to fit, and in doing so uses catch lines to keep the audience engaged. His sermonizing is an impediment to the flow, yes, (rather irritating too) but to conflate that with sexism and regressive thinking is erroneous and morally corrupt according to me.

I didn’t even like the special that much, but couldn’t see something so dogmatic and grossly misleading being written about it and that too with such a sanctimonious air.