The Snapchat controversy where AIB comedian Tanmay Bhat mimicked and cracked crass jokes on Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar rocked the country in 2016. He received a lot of backlash from people including Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and people from the film industry too condemned the controversy and expressed their displeasure on the same.
Despite the entire lash back, Tanmay did not think he should apologise for insulting two legends who have received such fame and accolades for the country.
And now after almost a year, Tanmay Bhat chose to apologise to Sachin Tendulkar. On Sachin’s 44th birthday, Tanmay took to his social media accounts to post a message that also included an apology for the video. Calling Sachin an inspiration and how he really felt hurt after he started receiving criticism for his video, his gesture for the cricketer is really a sweet one.
Here’s what he wrote on Twitter.
During the whole controversy, my father said something that truly made me sad. He said that I wasn’t much of a crying child. But, he particularly remembers one day when I cried a lot. He was late while taking me to watch you play at the wankhede. And the child that I was wouldn’t stop sobbing until I reached the stadium to see you at the crease. Thank you for my childhood. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for making me cry. Thank you for being a memory my dad has of me. And irrespective of the jokes, I will always love you.
The worst part for me about the controversy wasn’t the MNS threatening to kill me. It was that the only thing you’ll ever know me for is that silly, silly joke. And nothing else I ever do will change that first impression. A joke I never ever dreamt you’ll see. I pictured you sitting at home watching the news, embarassed and baffled. And what made me saddest was knowing I’d never probably meet you. A dream died that day. The second time you made me cry. Sadly What’s done is done. A name that made me smile a lot – today is a name that emvarasses me. A name that I yelled, everytime I saw cricket, no matter who was playing, is a name that people tease me with. Maaaybe one day I’ll do something that you’ll hear about me again, hopefully positive. And maybe one day I’ll make you laugh. 🙂 one day.
Happy birthday, you god damned legend.
PS:: pls go to Parliament more often, a billion people would feel safer to see you in there than all those other goofs.
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) April 24, 2017
Sounds like a pretty sincere apology, right?