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As Bollywood goes on offensive, comedians raise their shields

nation Updated: May 31, 2016 07:20 IST

NEW DELHI: Comedian Tanmay Bhat’s Snapchat video titled ‘Sachin vs Lata Civil War’ did not tickle many funny bones and instead drew a lot of flak from people who felt offended.

Bollywood celebs tweeted strongly against Bhat for mocking Sachin Tendulkar and making comments against Lata Mangeshkar, like “Jon Snow died, so you should also die” and “Your face looks like someone has kept you in water for eight days (sic).”

Actor Anupam Kher tweeted, “I am 9 times Winner of #BestComicActor. Have a great sense of humour. But this’s NOT humour. #Disgusting&Disrespectful.”

Actor Riteish Deshmukh wrote, “Am absolutely shocked. Disrespect is not cool and neither is it funny.”

By the time this paper went to press, responses and reactions from everyone, including political parties, have been floating online, the video had received more than 3 lakh views. But there are some who call it freedom of expression.

After seeing the video, comedian Neeti Palta says, “This isn’t an issue of national security! Bachpan se we have seen people in our society making fun of a mota bachcha. This is Indian humour.”

Mention about the Twitter reactions of actors such as Riteish Deshmukh and she replies, “These guys do movies that make lewd jokes on a woman’s anatomy… How can they suddenly turn around and say ‘Looks pe joke nahin karna chahiye’?”

While posting the video on May 26, 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). The comedian retorted back at his critics by tweeting “LoL, Twitter, jaha pe logo ke marne se pehle unke marne ki khabar trend hoti hai, ‘tasteless’ aur ‘crass’ jaise words use kar rahi hai.”

(With agency inputs)

First Published: May 31, 2016 07:20 IST