Indian comic in hot water
Police in India have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove a video posted by a comedian that mocks legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar and cricket great Sachin Tendulkar.
Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted a Snapchat video last week using the app’s face swap feature to impersonate Tendulkar and Mangeshkar and show them arguing with each other.
The expletive laden video has Tendulkar telling the 86-yearold singer that she is “5,000 years old” and should die after she says another cricketer is better than he is.
Mangeshkar is among India’s most famous singers, having given her voice to thousands of Bollywood songs.
Several political groups and actors suggested that Bhat be arrested for the disrespect he showed to national legends.
A member of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party complained to the police pm Monday. However, the video could still be viewed on YouTube yesterday.
A senior Mumbai police official, Sangramsingh Nishandar, told the Press Trust of India that they were investigating.
Bhat is a member of the popular comedy collective All India Bakchod, which claims to push the boundaries of humour.
Last year the group received similar censure after it hosted a roast that was deemed vulgar because of expletives used in several of the jokes. Bhat has found several supporters among the storm of criticism.
Actress Sonam Kapoor tweeted: “Don’t you guys think there are issues that are more important than @thetanmay snapchat jokes??? I'm in shock with this over reaction!”
Bhat himself simply tweeted, “Please pay me @Snapchat.”