NEW DELHI, INDIA: An ongoing controversy over the Indian comedian Tanmay Bhat’s Snapchat video mocking two beloved Indian figures, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and singer Lata Mangeshkar, takes a new turn as an American newspaper New York Times has termed Mangeshkar a ‘so-called’ singer in its report.
Published recently, the NYT article said the Mumbai police have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove the video after receiving complaints from politicians.
“In the expletive-laced video, which was created on Snapchat, Mr Bhat uses that app’s face-swap feature to impersonate Sachin Tendulkar, a hugely popular cricketer who retired in 2013, and Lata Mangeshkar, a so-called playback singer for Bollywood films whose career dates to the 1940s. Playback singers record vocals for song-and-dance numbers, to which actors and actresses lip sync,” the NYT said.
Many Indians reacted on social media to Bhat’s video, saying it was offensive.