The famous AIB member Tanmay Bhat has become all the more famous with his Snapchat video which mocks the two legendary icons- Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. Apparently it was supposed to be a fun video but a lot of people have taken offense and are demanding for his arrest.
Being a comedian, Tanmay Bhat did what he does. It is pretty clear that the comedian did not mean any disrespect to both Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar and it was probably a sudden idea that struck his mind. If he had any intentions of insulting them, he would have probably made a proper video and posted on YouTube unlike a personal Snapchat story.
The 3 minute video had a massive effect on the fans of both Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar who poured twitter with hate tweets against Tanmay Bhat. Surprisingly, neither Lata Mangeshkar nor Sachin Tendulkar have seen the video yet. According to The New Indian Press, 86-year-old Lata Mangeshkar has broken her silence and said that she doesn’t intend to see the video.”By the way, I don’t know who Tanmay Bhat is,“ she reportedly said.
Many of the stars have showed their disappointment on twitter:
Such a video does really offend the lovers of the icons and probably display a bad image of the country where a Bharat Ratna award winner, one of the highest respects achieved by a person, is treated as a joke. It might give undue strength and courage to people to openly insult people which might be offending.
In this case, what is shocking is the fact that people are ignoring the joke intended in the video. This video is being given undue attention. The Maharashtra government is so concerned with a silly snapchat post instead of working towards the drought problem that the villages are facing. People are lashing out on Tanmay Bhatt and demand him to be arrested instead of fighting for the girl who got gang raped in Bahraich. People do not have the time to comment or think about the major problems this country is facing, but they are out there debating on a spoof that is meant for fun. So much so that Arnab Goswami arranged a NewsHour Debate on it.
But were the questions answered? Has the idea of Freedom of Speech and the fine line between a Joke and Disrespect been cleared? Have we as citizens really reached the level of maturity where we can prioritize between arresting a comedian and arresting a rapist?
Well, after this huge lashing out against Tanmay Bhat, I think the answer is No.
Luckily we do have supporters of Tanmay Bhat present too. All the stand up comedians, who know what their job is about, defended their mate. So did some of the celebrities.
So the conclusion is that we need to learn to take jokes lightly and not get offended by them. A comedy is by definition a “professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh.” The politicians need to concentrate on more important matters at hand that actually affects lives. This video won’t affect the lives of Sachin Tendulkar or Lata Mangeshkar. They will be respected as they always have been. So lets just stop roasting Tanmay Bhat, who was just trying to make few people laugh.