Indian comedian faces backlash for video mocking celebrities

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Posted: May 31, 2016 9:40 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove a video posted by a comedian that mocks a legendary Indian singer and a cricket player.

Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted a Snapchat video last week using the app's face swap feature to impersonate cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar and show them arguing with each other.

The rant-filled video has Tendulkar telling the 86-year-old singer that she is "5,000 years old" and should die.

The video prompted angry reactions from several rightwing political groups. A member of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party complained to police.

Bhat is a member of the popular comedy collective All India Bakchod, which claims to push the boundaries of humor in a country where such jokes are often deemed disrespectful.