Tannishtha, Indian TV doesn’t deserve you: Hansal and Ajay slam racist comments

Updated on Sep 29, 2016 12:05 PM IST

Extending support to Parched actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, Bollywood actors Ajay Devgn, Nandita Das and filmmaker Hansal Mehta slammed TV comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao for making fun of her skin colour in the name of roast.

New Delhi: Actresses Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee and filmmaker Leena Yadav during a press conference of their film "Parched" in New Delhi on Sept 21, 2016. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)(IANS)
New Delhi: Actresses Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee and filmmaker Leena Yadav during a press conference of their film "Parched" in New Delhi on Sept 21, 2016. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)(IANS)
ByPTI, Mumbai

Extending support to Parched actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, Bollywood actors Ajay Devgn, Nandita Das and filmmaker Hansal Mehta slammed TV comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao for making fun of her skin colour in the name of roast.

As a part of the promotions for her film Parched, Tannishtha along with director Leena Yadav and co-star Radhika Apte went to show Comedy Nights Bachao. The 35-year-old actress, in a Facebook post, wrote about her frustration with the way her dark skin tone was made fun of.

Ajay, who has produced Parched, said, “There has to be a limit. I have not seen it (episode). I need to see to comment correctly on it. Sometimes sense of humour goes overboard, there has to be limit. We all have sense of humour and we all accept jokes on self. The person who cracks the jokes has to draw a line. I think the mindset needs to change.”

Nandita Das, who has been outspoken about the issue in the past as well, tweeted, “To be sexist, racist, regressive is just not funny. It is not cool. These days prejudices seem to surface more.”

Mehta narrated one of his experiences related the to colour prejudice, saying nothing has changed. “In 1994 one of my first short films was rejected by a TV channel not because the story was too dark but because the actors were too dark. Nothing has changed as is obvious with @TannishthaC in a so-called ‘comedy’ show,” wrote Hansal on his Twitter page.

Director Rensil D’Silva re-tweeted Tannishtha’s post about the incident.

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