Composer Vishal Dadlani feels too much is being made the pathetic spoof video on Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar by the virtually unknown Tanmay Bhat. Reasons Vishal, “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 Tanmay’s “joke” and the way they react to other similar spoofy attempts by comedians.
Argues Vishal, “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.”
Vishal 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.”