All major political parties in Maharashtra are baying for the blood of comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) co-founder-creator Tanmay Bhat, whose new spoof showing a mock conversation between legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Maharashtra Navirman Sena (MNS) vice-president Shalini Thackeray virtually laid siege at the Cyber Cell Branch of Mumbai Police and vowed not to move out of the premises till Bhat was arrested. Her colleague, MNS Chitrapat Sena chief Amey Khopkar threatened to beat him up wherever he was seen and stop his shows in the state.
NCP state spokesperson Nawab Malik termed the video “in extremely bad taste” and demanded severest action against the perpetrators who have insulted two national icons of such repute.
The ruling coalition partners, BJP and Shiv Sena also sought that the video be deleted from all online media and most stringent action taken against its creators.
The video, which liberally ridiculed and ‘roasted’ Lata and Sachin, who are revered by their fans across the country and beyond, went viral on social media and other channels and triggered outrage all around.
The all-round condemnation since the past two days culminated in the MNS lodging police complaints against Bhat for the “highly objectionable content” of the video.
Among other things in the video, Bhat has shown a face-swap. Statements like why the 86-year old Lata was still ‘alive’ and who was the better player between the 43-year-old Sachin and Virat Kohli have raised a howl of protests and condemnations.
While posting the video on 26 May, Bhat posted on Facebook: “I make such nonsense on my Snapchat – follow me there – ID: Thetanmay (Also I obvously love Lata and Sachin, just having some fun).”
Mumbai Police said that it had already contacted Google, Facebook, YouTube, SnapChat and other channels with a demand to delete the contentious video online.
Bhat was at the receiving end of celebrities on social media networks, with prominent personalities lambasting him for his crass humour.
Anupam Kher said: “I am 9 times winner of Best Comic Actor. Have a great sense of humour. This is NOT humour.”
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) May 29, 2016
“Absolutely shocked. Disrespect is not cool and neither is it funny,” said Riteish Deshmukh.
Am absolutely shocked. Disrespect is not cool and neither is it funny. https://t.co/ymYPi9hxuv
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) May 28, 2016
Celina Jaitley said she was “absolutely… Shocked and appalled. Not amused. Lata Mangeshkarji needs to be apologized to… NOW.”
— Celina Jaitly (@CelinaJaitly) May 28, 2016
On his part, Bhat retorted: “LoL, Twitter, jaha pe logo ke marne se pehle unke marne ki khabar trend hoti hai, ‘tastless’ aur ‘crass’ jaise words use kar rahi hai.”
He urged: “When you guys write about me tomorrow, can you please use my snapchat ID – it’s thetanmay thanks.”
When you guys write about me tomorrow can you please use my snapchat ID – it’s thetanmay thanks
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) May 28, 2016
Bhat also Tweeted that his video is going to be on he news tonight.
A snapstory is going to be on the news tonight. Congrats everyone.
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) May 29, 2016
He asked for a payment snapchat for the video.
Please pay me @Snapchat
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) May 30, 2016
Twitterattis have two opinion on the video, some are supporting Bhat and some criticises him for mocking two Bharat Ratnas.
Inflation, Farmer suicides, insurgency, corruption, economy, can all wait. #TanmayBhat ‘s video is the matter of national importance.
— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) May 30, 2016
A country that seeks to jail comedians will end up being ruled by jokers, or by, The Joker. #TanmayBhat
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) May 30, 2016
U R not entitled2 violence or mob action, just because u dislike what #TanmayBhat said. It’s a free country & people can say what they want
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) May 30, 2016
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) May 30, 2016
#TanmayBhat why dont u put ur fathers face n make abusive vdo like u did before!!!!
— Aprajita (@Aprajita1234567) May 30, 2016
*Meanwhile Facebook People*
Before Outrage: Omg #TanmayBhat is so funny in Sachin’s Voice
After Outrage: Bhencho Mota Saala
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) May 30, 2016
Incredible India: Where men mock, denigrate, leer and threaten women every day of their lives, then get upset with a comedian. #TanmayBhat
— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) May 30, 2016
— Niesha Wadhwani (@nieshawadhwani) May 30, 2016
#TanmayBhat is like Rakhi Sawant. Say stupid things for 2 min fame. And we give it to them also. Sigh
— Smita Deshmukh (@smitadeshmukh) May 30, 2016