Monday, May 30th, 2016

People want to roast and boost Tanmay Bhat, Twitteratti divide over freedom and insult

Narada Desk | May 30, 2016 9:34 pm Print
Mumbai Police contacted YouTube, Google and SnapChat to remove the controversial video
Tanmay Bhat

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.”

“Absolutely shocked. Disrespect is not cool and neither is it funny,” said Riteish Deshmukh.

Celina Jaitley said she was “absolutely… Shocked and appalled. Not amused. Lata Mangeshkarji needs to be apologized to… NOW.”

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.”

Bhat also Tweeted that his video is going to be on he news tonight.

He asked for a payment snapchat for the video.

Twitterattis have two opinion on the video, some are supporting Bhat and some criticises him for mocking two Bharat Ratnas.