Stand-up comedian Tanmay Bhat created a furore when he leaked a Snapchat video – Sachin Tendulkar vs Lata Mangeshkar Civil War – that made fun of Indian icons Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar. The video that used the latest face app created a fictitious conversation between the legendary octogenarian playback singer and the international cricket icon, where they are talking about cricketer Virat Kohli among other things.
Upon seeing Tanmay’s ‘leaked’ video, many celebrities, politicians and entire political parties like Shiv Sena, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) reacted with a lot of anger and demanded the comedian be arrested. When we asked Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor what he thought of the mockery of Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar by Tanmay, he said that he thought it shouldn’t have been done. “I feel he shouldn’t have done it. They are legends,” said the Udta Punjab actor.
Other Bollywood stars like Raza Murad, Anupam Kher and some more have also criticised Tanmay for having made this video. It’s only actresses like Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor who have come out in support of Tanmay Bhat, saying that whatever Tanmay does is for fun. (Also watch: Gaurav Gera’s funny take on Tanmay Bhat’s Lata Mangeshkar-Sachin Tendulkar video is the most sensible yet!)
Sonam said on Twitter, “Dear @thetanmay ,being your friend I know what you say and do is never to offend, but to make people laugh..”, adding, “Don’t you guys think there are issues that are more important than @thetanmay snapchat jokes??? I’m in shock with this over reaction!”
As reported by Pinkvilla, Alia is believed to have said, “What are you saying? Talk about smiley things, no. Tanmay also makes you laugh. Look at his funny videos. Unnke videos bahut funny hai!”
John Abraham said at the Dishoom trailer launch, “I don’t think anybody has any boundaries today on social media. Very honestly, I think there is nothing like honesty on the net in any case. All you guys have become so brave on the net because no one has a face today.” (ALSO READ: OMG! Shahid Kapoor feels like a dog on a leash post marriage to Mira Rajput! Here’s the full story)
Earlier, another stand-up comedian, Sunil Pal, made fun of Tanmay and his group the All India Bakchod (AIB), saying that nobody watches their live shows except “gays and lesbians”. READ MORE: Sunil Pal jumps into Tanmay Bhat video controversy, hits out at AIB and is trolled! (Watch video)
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