This Article is From May 30, 2016

Tanmay Bhat Mocks Sachin, Lata Mangeshkar: The Controversy in 5 Points

Tanmay Bhat Mocks Sachin, Lata Mangeshkar: The Controversy in 5 Points

A still from the video. (Image Courtesy - Tanmay Bhat).


  • Tanmay Bhat's video on Sachin and Lata Mangeshkar enraged social media
  • Raj Thackeray-led MNS filed a police complaint against Tanmay Bhat
  • Sachin and Lata Mangeshkar have not responded to the controversy
New Delhi: Comedy collective AIB's Tanmay Bhat is currently embattled on several fronts after a video he made about cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar enraged both social media and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena or MNS, which has threatened to beat Mr Bhat up. The BJP and Shiv Sena, political allies, have called for action against Mr Bhat and the police, urged on by political parties, have said they will be contacting Internet giants Google and YouTube to have the video removed.

Here is the controversy in five points:

1. On May 26, Tanmay Bhat posted a video titled 'Sachin vs Lata Civil War' on his own verified Facebook page. The expletive-laden video imagined a conversation between Sachin and Lataji on the merits of Virat Kohli as a batsman.

2. The video was posted with this disclaimer: I make such nonsense on my snapchat. Also, I obviously love Lata and Sachin, just having some fun.

3. Over the weekend, Twitter reacted with outrage. Actors Anupam Kher and Riteish Deshmukh said they were shocked and disgusted by the video. Mr Bhat was savaged in tweets such as these:

4. Tanmay Bhat, who previously tweeted "Roast wale din aa gaye by God," on Monday posted and then deleted a tweet which read: "LOL, Twitter, jaha pe logo ke marne se pehle unke marne ki khabar trend hoti hai 'tasteless' & 'crass' jaise words use kar rahi hai"

5. Mumbai Police will be contacting Google and YouTube to have the video blocked. Raj Thackeray's MNS has threatened to beat the comedian up.

Last year, Tanmay Bhat and AIB were the focus of similar outrage when their 'Roast' of actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor was widely accused of being offensive. The three-part 'Roast' was finally taken offline and an apology issued by AIB.

Neither Sachin Tendulkar nor Lata Mangeshkar have responded to the controversy.