A joint effort by Base Rock Café and Media Republic, an events and communication consulting company, the show titled ‘Samnay Wali Sarhad Se’ is also widely remembered as one of the first politically and socially charged songs Rajoura worked on with a three-person comedy act called 'Aesi Taisi Democracy' (ATD). Shabbily dressed, quite possibly to demonstrate the familiar ‘desi’ feels, Rajoura took stage in the casual way most of his followers are familiar with. He humorously touched upon the topic of minorities in Pakistan, and related the sensitivity of the matter to the exact same situation in India. He would continue to draw parallels between the culture, attitudes and stigmas present in the neighboring countries throughout the 90-minute show.
Rajoura then finally moved on to his favorite subject: people of the subcontinent. He started by pointing out how there is no concept of public space, not just in India but in Pakistan too. Traffic signals, everyday interactions and lack of respect for women were a couple of other topics Rajoura touched upon in a humorous yet pertinent manner. His fluency with one-liners was impressive enough to make the audience laugh out loud uncontrollably. 45 minutes into the act, he took the discussion to the domestic level, commenting on how parents in Pakistan and India demand a surreal amount of respect from their offspring, comparing the situation to the popular Indian film, Baghban.
At the hour mark, Rajoura moved on to the question and answer session, involving the audience in the performance and encouraging them to ask questions. "We need to analyze ourselves first in order to become better human beings", he stated, when asked what he thought about the ignorant and inflexible attitudes of many in this country. He concluded the show with a minute-long witty performance of the song, ‘Samnay Wali Sarhad Se’.
Sanjay Rajoura made every minute of his performance count. What made the night all the more relatable was his constant effort to ensure that the audience derived some socially relevant messages from his jokes, while being thoroughly entertained at the same time.
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