MUMBAI: A video posted online by comedian Tanmay Bhat of All India Bakchod (AIB) fame that shows a mock conversation between music legend Lata Mangeshkar and former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has drawn stringent criticism across political parties.
While the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has lodged a police complaint against Bhat, the Nationalist Congress Party burnt his effigy. Leaders from the Shiv Sena and BJP even spoke to Mumbai Police commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar demanding Bhat’s arrest.
MNS leader Shalini Thackeray, who visited the Mumbai Police cyber cell, warned that the party would take the law in their own hands if police fail to tame Bhat and bring down his videos by Tuesday.
“Freedom of speech does not mean you resort to vulgarity and defame national idols,” Thackeray said. “If the police do not act against Bhat, we will deal with him in ‘MNS style’,” she added. The MNS also threatened to beat him up.
The video posted by Bhat on his Facebook account titled ‘Sachin v/s Lata Civil War’ shows them arguing over who is better Sachin or Virat Kohli. It shows strong expletives used between the two some of which include how Virat is good with bat and ladies and calls Mangeshkar as 5,000-year-old lady. It used a lot of insults and jibes in Marathi.
Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said that the whole aim of the video was to make financial gain at the cost of denigrating national idols. “The police should register FIRs on the basis of cyber laws and also other sections,” Gorhe said. She has also petitioned Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to intervene.
The Congress party said the video was an attempt to spoil the entire environment. “There is nothing funny in the video but outright insulting to those icons who are famous across the world,” said Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam.
Apart from politicians, even actors like Anupam Kher, Riteish Deshmukh and Celina Jaitley have expressed disgust on the video.
AIB was caught in a controversy earlier when it staged a live show featuring actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in 2014, which again was condemned by many as “vulgar”.