At a time where comedy is being received much less sensitively, there still is a definite line where jokes are no longer jokes. Tannishtha Chatterjee experienced such an incident recently on the comedy TV show ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’, when promoting her recently released film ‘Parched’ (2016). The actress is believed to have walked out of the shoot only to receive an apology from Colors TV, who air the show, hours later.
It was reported that the actress was at the centre of a roast type comic sketch where jokes about the colour of her skin went too far. Despite being told beforehand that the roast would happen, Chatterjee did not expect it to go the way it did. As reported by��DNA India, the actress took to social media and expressed, “This was an entirely novel understanding of roast that equates itself with bullying. To my utmost horror, I soon realised that the only quality they found worth roasting about in me was my skin tone. It began with ‘aap ko jamun bahut pasand hoga zaroor! Kitna jamun��khaya aapne bachpan se?’ (you must like Jamun a lot. How much Jamun did you eat as a child?) And went on in that direction.”
Taking it lightly at first, the jokes began to get worse and worse until Chatterjee couldn’t take it anymore. “I could not believe I was sitting in a nationally televised comedy show in 2016 in Mumbai amid such regressive (I can’t call it humour), and blatantly racist content. Though I was feeling suffocated, I decided to give it another chance, and sat through another equally offensive segment. Nothing changed. I could not sit there anymore. I had to leave,” she went on to state.
Making a stand for social issues that people face in India, Chatterjee added, “When I told the organisers what I felt, they said, ‘But we told you it is a roast!’ I explained to them the common perception of roast and how it is different from bully. That there is no humour value in a joke about some ones physical attributes especially one that stems from deep prejudices.”
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Interestingly, Krushna Abhishek also stated, according to NDTV, “I had asked Tannishtha, if she has seen the show, she said she doesn’t watch TV as such. So, she has no clue about the show. So I took another example and asked her if she had seen AIB Roast? And she hadn’t seen that either. I told her that since it’s a roast, there will be some leg pulling, but we don’t insult. Had we been insulting, the show won’t have come so far”.
Director of ‘Parched’��Leena Yadav and actress Radhika Apte also attended the show. The film itself talks about the issues that women face, and how society demands they be a certain way in a world where men call all the shots. It has been received very well by audiences and critics alike.
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