A tasteless joke won’t affect Lataji, Sachin

A tasteless joke won’t affect Lataji, Sachin’s aura: Vishal Dadlani

Mumbai, June 2 (IANS) Bollywood composer Vishal Dadlani, who is known to speak his mind, feels too much is being made of the spoof video on icons Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar by comedian Tanmay Bhat.

Reasons Dadlani: “Sachin and Lataji are virtually deities in their spheres. A tasteless joke is not going to affect their aura.”

The feisty composer, currently ruling the charts with his compositions for the Amitabh Bachchan-Vidya Balan starrer “Te3n”, feels there are double standards at work in how the entertainment industry has reacted to Bhat’s “joke” and the way they react to other similar spoofy attempts by comedians.

“Principles are only worth anything when we stand by them even when they’re inconvenient. When Kiku Sharda was jailed for a joke, we stood against the absurdity of it all. Suddenly, we are no better than those who were baying for Kiku’s blood,” he said.

He also wonders if the censor board is right in assuming that audiences lack a uniform maturity.

“We have seen bizarre decisions coming from the censor board, using the excuse that our audience isn’t mature enough. Considering this reaction to an irrelevant Snapchat post, perhaps they were right.”


  1. I have to admit Lata Mangeshwar has international stature in the world of music (as a singer) and is an icon. As a person, I have heard different things about her from people, especially one singer.

    Cricket being a craze in India, Sachin Tendulkar has been kept on a pedestal. So what, if a comedian has mimicked both these personalities. Like them, the comedian has to make a living and they should be magnanimous. If these people are compared with Almighty God, then I feel very sad for people harbouring such notions and they need a thorough mental check up. God is God and no mortal being can be compared with our Creator. Such utterances are blasphemous.

    Sachin Tendulkar is a practitioner of a sport actively played only in eight countries and is a unknown commodity in most parts of the world. He may be a great batsman, but he cannot be considered, with a test average of mere 53, to be a legend. For the enthusiasts, who are just rabid admirers of Sachin Tendulkar, do they realise how many test batsmen, all-rounders and wicket-keepers have averages in excess of 53 that stop at 99.94. Sachin Tendulkar in spite of playing in an era where everything was in his favour, i.e. ample body protection against injuries, having to face just one bouncer per over, playing on mostly good and prepared pitches, playing in an era where he made in crores through BCCI, IPL and T20 payments, sponsorships, gifts, etc., has an average of 53.

    So, how can one compare him with Sir Don Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Len Hutton, Wally Hammond and many others who had healthy averages playing under adverse circumstances. I wonder what would have Sachin Tendulkar’s averages been, had he played in an bygone era? Certain, it would not have been in excess of 53, but much, much below.

    There are many stupid people in India whose general knowledge if limited to Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, etc. If he is a Keralite, it is limited to Mamooty and Mohanlal, for Tamilians it is Rajnikant and so on and so forth. If it is the Dynasty acolyte, then he will unshamedly praise Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, even when they have done wrongs.

  2. We should be able to mock any idea, public personalities, religion or gods. Banning jokes, cartoons, books, speeches are all wrong steps that push us towards regressive, backward theocratic dictatorships.

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