Comedian Tanmay Bhat, of the comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB), who has earlier been involved in a number of controversies, recently stated that he will carry on doing his job, which is speaking the truth, until the day he gets completely suppressed. There were times when his group received immense flak for its take on powerful people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
One of the major trouble that AIB had gotten into was when the group mocked singing legend Lata Mangeshkar and cricket star Sachin Tendulkar and then took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their AIB Knockout roast comedy show. When asked by news agency IANS whether he feels discouraged to do comedy that includes politics or celebrities, the actor replied, “Discouraged is a very strong word. As a comedian, my job is to ‘speak truth to power’ and I should do my job irrespective of the consequences but it is easier said than done”. He also feels that In India “outrage keeps happening every day”.
Tanmay who is famous amongst the youth believes that if he is true at his job then the audience will appreciate it. He was quoted by IANS saying, “If I am true to my job, I am sure the audience will appreciate no matter how much trouble I get into. The day I start worrying about what will happen if I say something, that day I will lose my head and my audience.” He is proud of the fact that he has been doing his job and will continue to do so “until the day I get completely suppressed. I hope that day never comes. I have faith in India as a country and its people. And so far, it has been good”.
Tanmay who is currently co-judging the Amazon Prime Original series Comicstaan, talked about the show and said, “Reality shows in India are not done in an extremely authentic way. They are mostly done in very studio like atmosphere but here, it was different. We did actual live shows. Even for the main show, we had tickets which people bought.” He is joined by comedians Kenny Sebastian, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Kaneez Surka, Sapan Verma and Naveen Richard as judges. Talking about working on films, Tanmay said that he is not acting in films but is actually producing them.
(With inputs from IANS)