Javed Akhtar, is all guns blazing and has completely ripped apart comedian Tanmay Bhat for mocking Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar. Javed, has given a piece of his mind to the AIB co-founder and has the highest level of condemnation.
Javed, has also advised Lata Mangeshkar not to watch the video as it's not worth her time and effort. He thrashed the comedian by saying,
"This chap (Tanmay Bhat) has the mind of a cockroach. Humour is something we all appreciate. But what is funny about ridiculing Lataji? The video is cheap and unworthy of getting any attention.The chap had not bargained for the backlash. Since he had gotten away with so much crassness in the past, he thought he would get away this time. But there are celebrities. And then there is Lata Mangeshkar. You can't get away with ridiculing her."
The lyricist, further rained hell on the comedian by saying, "She asked me what's in this video that has offended her well-wishers so much. I told her not to even go there. I advised her not to look at it. And she mercifully agreed. I can't bear to think what she would have thought at the grotesque parody."
Javed's disgust just didn't stop at that, "This guy-I don't want to give him publicity by taking his name-doesn't know what Lataji means to us. He thought he would get away with it. But everyone I've spoken to since the past two days has expressed only dismay and disgust."
Finally, Javed Akhtar spoke about freedom of expression in the country and how a few people are misusing the freedom. Javed Akhtar, was quoted as saying,
"That freedom comes with a lot of responsibility. You can't go out on the street and strip yourself naked to prove your freedom of expression. You can criticise Lataji's flawless songs and singing if you are so crazily inclined, you can comment on Sachin's batting. But you can't make obscene comments on their age and looks. That is not funny by any yardstick."