Mumbai: Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) filed a police complaint today against All India Bakchod’s (AIB) Tanmay Bhat.
MNS has also threatened violence against any event featuring the 28-year-old stand-up comedian. Tanmay is one of the co-founders of comedy sketch group All India Bakchod. Bhat has allegedly mocked veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in a video, which triggered a sharp backlash on social media.
The Shiv Sena and BJP today demanded action against AIB and comedian Bhat. The Sena asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take stringent action against AIB and Bhat.
Party leader Neelam Gorhe has written to Fadnavis seeking action against those behind the video which she alleged was made by people with “deranged mentality”. “Such people try to misuse the popularity of icons like Sachin and Lata tai for their own publicity,” Gorhe said. “I have also written to Mumbai Police Commissioner seeking action against Tanmay Bhat and AIB,” the Sena leader said.
Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar spoke to the Police Commissioner and requested that a police complaint be filed against Tanmay Bhat and AIB. Actors Anupam Kher, Riteish Deshmukh and Celina Jaitly had yesterday criticised Bhat for roasting Tendulkar and Mangeshkar, calling the video “not funny”.
Standing right outside a Mumbai police station, MNS Chitrapat Sena president Ameya Khopkar today told reporters that they will beat Bhatt “whenever they see him”. “Whenever we will see Tanmay, we will beat him. We will not let him do any shows,” the MNS leader said.
“Some things should be beyond politics. Our agenda is clear. Those who have made videos on Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar should be arrested,” he demanded. Bhatt, a popular comedian with the AIB, had posted the video titled ‘Sachin vs Lata Civil War’ on May 26 on Facebook.
Actors Anupam Kher, Riteish Deshmukh and Celina Jaitly have criticised Bhat for roasting Tendulkar and Mangeshkar, calling the video “not funny”.
Kher posted on Twitter, “I am 9 times winner of #BestComicActor. Have a great sense of humor. But This is NOT humor. #Disgusting Disrespectful.” A shocked Jaitly wrote, “Absolutely.. Shocked and appalled. Not amused. Lata Mangeshkarji needs to be apologized to NOW!!”
“Am absolutely shocked. Disrespect is not cool and neither is it funny,” wrote Riteish. Some of the punchlines used against Mangeshkar in the video include ‘Jon Snow also died, so should you’; ‘Your face looks like someone has kept you in water for eight days’.
While AIB’s jokes have always hit a chord, this time, however, the jokes on two Bharat Ratnas have failed to impress several AIB fans and Bollywood celebrities.