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In Which Tanmay Bhat is Defended by Sonam, Denounced by Others

Tanmay Bhat still has social media's attention over the now-deleted video mocking Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. There have been calls for Mr Bhat's arrest from political parties and the Mumbai Police have asked YouTube and Facebook to block the video

  | June 01, 2016 07:43 IST (New Delhi)
Tanmay Bhat

The image on left was posted on Facebook by Tanmay Bhat

Highlights

  • Sonam Kapoor has stuck her neck out for Mr Bhat on Twitter
  • Some of Sonam's colleagues have slammed Tanmay Bhat
  • Anushka Manchanda, Hansal Mehta have denounced threats against him
Comedian Tanmay Bhat still has social media's attention over the now-deleted video mocking Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar, and the wholesale condemnation is now tempered with stray voices of support. Mr Bhat went too far with his expletive-filled video, say the chorus of protests against him. Filing a police complaint and having the video blacked out is also an overreaction, say those defending him.
There have been calls for Mr Bhat's arrest from political parties and the Mumbai Police have asked YouTube and Facebook to block the video.

Actress Sonam Kapoor has stuck her neck out for Mr Bhat on Twitter:

 
 
Singer Anushka Manchanda, director Hansal Mehta and AAP's Ashutosh have also denounced the threats against Mr Bhat. Call him unfunny and be done, they said:
 
 
 
Director Ram Gopal Varma posted a series of tweets, as he does, defending Mr Bhat's right to offend. We've picked two:
 
 
However, Sonam is in danger of being shouted down by colleagues who have slammed Tanmay Bhat:
 
 
 
 
 
 
There's also filmmaker Shirish Kunder, who usually has something to say. What he means by this is unclear:
 
Tanmay Bhat, a member of the comedy collective AIB, used Snapchat to make a video imagining a conversation between Sachin and Lata Mangeshkar debating the merits of Virat Kohli on the pitch. He posted it on May 26 and social media exploded.
Last year, AIB were similarly savaged on Twitter for the 'Roast' of actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, the three-part video of which was eventually taken offline.

 
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