Stand up comedian and AIB co-founder, Tanmay Bhat, is facing the wrath of fans and political parties over a Snapchat video allegedly insulting Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. While the cricketer and the singer, both Bharat Ratna awardees, are yet to speak on the issue, Lata’s sister Asha Bhosle said she would like to see if people stand by the national icons.
Speaking to Bombay Times, the singer said she had not seen the video but her grandson, Chintu, informed her about it. “I don’t want to say anything except that we are talking about a woman who has worked for 70-80 years of her life, spreading joy and happiness through her music,” she said.
“I now want to wait and watch how many people will stand by us. Most people have a knack for debating about it for a couple of days and forgetting about it,” she was quoted as saying. “Aaplya deshat, Bharat Ratnancha kiti aadar aahe hey baghaycha aahe (I want to see what respect and honour do the Bharat Ratnas get in our country). The government has bestowed this honour upon them, they must make a note of this,” she further told the tabloid.
The Mumbai police blocked two YouTube links, but the video continues to be freely available online, having been copied and shared across platforms. They have also approached Facebook to block the video.
The special branch of the Mumbai police is conducting an inquiry into the matter on commissioner Datta Padsalgikar’s orders after protests on Monday by several political parties, including the MNS and the BJP — who said they would not put up with what they saw as disrespect of national icons.
Not just politicians, Bollywood celebrities such as Anupam Kher, Subhash Ghai, Riteish Deshmukh and Satish Kaushik too took to Twitter to condemn the video. However, Sonam Kapoor felt Bhat’s video was misinterpreted.
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