In­dian comic in hot wa­ter

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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.”

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