Amid the growing uproar over comedian Tanmay Bhat’s controversial video which allegedly insults two Bharat Ratna awardees -- singer Lata Mangeshkar and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor has come out in support of the Tanmay.
Leaders of political parties across Maharashtra on Monday demanded action against Bhat over the video. Not just politicians, even Bollywood celebrities like Anupam Kher, Subhash Ghai, Riteish Deshmukh and Satish Kaushik have also strongly condemned the video over Twitter. However, Sonam feels that Bhat’s video has been misinterpreted.
In a series of tweets, Sonam wrote on Tuesday, “Dear Tanmay Bhat, being your friend I know what you say and do is never to offend, but to make people laugh. Don’t you guys think there are issues that are more important than Tanmay Bhat’s Snapchat jokes? I’m in shock with this over reaction. Being living legends, I know Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar don’t even know and care about what’s going on! Stop spewing hate on their behalf.”
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta had earlier on Tuesday questioned the severity of reactions to Tanmay’s video.
AIB is usually funny, sharp and clever. The #TanmayBhat video is none of those. Question is does a bad joke deserve punishment and/or abuse?— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) May 30, 2016
The video, which Bhat posted on Snapchat, allegedly ridicules and ‘roasts’ Lata and Sachin. It went viral on the social media and other channels and triggered widespread outrage. 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” raised a howl of protests and condemnations.
The group ran into trouble last year following an infamous, controversial “roast”, which also featured Bollywood A-listers Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Karan Johar.
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