Mumbai: Tanmay Bhat's video of a mock conversation between legends Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar has provoked a howl of protests. While several political parties have demanded action against the comedian, the Mumbai police has even contacted Google and YouTube for blocking the video.
While Tanmay is going on a rant and weighing in his business opportunities by posting, "Please pay me @Snapchat", Lata decided to maintain a dignified silence until now.
In an interview to Spotboye, Lata spoke about the disparaging remarks, “I have not seen the video, neither do I have any inclination to do so. I will not comment about it. By the way, I don’t know who is Tanmay Bhat.”
While she maintained a brave front, people close to her claim that she is extremely disturbed and shocked to see that she was targeted.
Titled ‘Sachin v/s Lata Civil War’, Tanmay, in a video posted on Facebook on May 26, took jibes at the 86-year-old melody queen and the 43-year-old cricketing legend.
Bollywood has also reacted sharply to the comedian's portrayal of the music and cricket icons with many actors slamming the video made by a member of online comedy group AIB, saying it was in poor taste.
Film wing of Raj Thackeray-led MNS, Chitrapat Sena, has also urged the police to block the video and its link online. The MNS also threatened to beat him up.
Its president Ameya Khopkar, who went to the cyber cell of Mumbai police to lodge the complaint, said "The MNS will not allow Tanmay Bhat to conduct shows in the city, and police should arrest him as quickly as possible."
Taking strong exception to the video, the Shiv Sena asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take stringent action against AIB and Bhat for allegedly seeking to vitiate social harmony by mocking the national legends.
Sena leader Neelam Gorhe wrote to Fadnavis seeking action against those behind the video which she said 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," said Gorhe.
"I have also written to Mumbai Police Commissioner seeking action against Tanmay Bhat and AIB," she said. Shelar said he has spoken to the Police Commissioner and sought action against Bhat and AIB.
Watch the video here.