Comedian Tanmay Bhat is being investigated by police after posting a video mocking cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar, that shows the two celebrities arguing with each other. In the video Bhat poses as Tendulkar and says Lata Mangeshkar is 5000 years old, and that her face ‘looks like it has been kept water for 8 days.
Political parties Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have complained to police, demanding action. Mumbai police are now seeking legal opinion on pressing charges, but they did not specify on what grounds.
Reactions to the video have also set off a debate on social media with users sharply divided over whether Bhat’s video had ‘crossed the line’ in terms of free speech.