Television

Another comic roast raises a storm

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/30/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=_XhCPFVR

MUMBAI: Comic Roasts can backfire. Ask the AIB guys. And now you can ask the cast of Comedy Nights Bachao. In an episode that is yet to be telecast, the cast of the Krushna Abhishek-Bharati Singh-led show on Colors resorted to some leg-pulling of an actress during a film promotion on it. The leg-pulling was around the tanned actress’ skin colour. And, it got her goose. So much so, that it has become an issue with women’s organisations getting behind the actress and the channel and the artistes having to issue an apology.

‘Parched’ actress Tannishtha Chatterjee was the butt of the skin tone joke during a show to be aired on Colors. “She had no clue about ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’, says the show’s host Krushna Abhishek who has now apologised for the ‘racist’ comments. Both, Krushna and Colors have since apologised to Tannishtha after she expressed disappointment with how her skin tone was made fun of on “Comedy Nights Bachao.” Comedian Krushna defended the programme that he co-hosts, after Tannishtha rued its “blatant and regressive racist” ways of finding humour in her “dark skin tone”.

Issues with colorism and race are not new in India. The degradation of dark color and the privileges of whiteness in a post-colonial era is endless. And, jokes on a popular show only help to reinforce the stereotype that dark skin is a subject of ridicule.

Krushna was not present on the sets of the show when Tannishtha was “roasted” on the show. She was accompanied there by her ‘Parched’ team members -- director Leena Yadav and actress Radhika Apte. Soon after shooting for the show,Tannishtha took to social media to criticise the format for its racist attack.

The creative professionals on the Colors shows believed that calling someone ‘kaali kalooti’ or asking if eating jamuns (blackberries) as a kid is the reason why she is dark-skinned is amusing.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has slammed the comedy show for allegedly making fun of the skin tone of the actress, and said it is exploring avenues to initiate action on the "unfortunate episode".

After sitting through two segments of the show, the National Award-winning actress walked out of the shoot when jokes like ‘kaali kalooti, baingan looti’ didn’t stop. In the post, Tannishtha wrote, “…in a country where we still sell Fair and Lovely/Handsome and show adverts where people don’t get jobs because of their complexion, where every matrimonial advert demands a fair bride or groom and the colour bias is so strong, in a society which has a deep-seated problem with dark skin, which also has deep roots in our caste system, in a country where dark skin is marginalised — making fun of it is not a roast. Even considering that dark skin is a joke comes from that very deep prejudice".

An apologetic Krushna later reacted: “If she (Tannishtha) feels offended by something, I apologise from our side. We never want to hurt anyone deliberately. “Comedy Nights Bachao” is of a roast format. Roast doesn’t mean that we say just anything to anyone… 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.”

The actress has said that she had some idea of a roast through “Saturday Night Live” show, and that with “Comedy Nights Bachao”, she was anticipating to be ‘roasted’ as her perception was that a roast is “a celebratory humour at someone’s expense” and “a mock counter to a toast”.

Pointing out that the only thing they could roast about a dark-skinned actress was “of course her dark skin”, she said in a Facebook post: “This was an entirely novel understanding of roast that equates itself with bullying. And 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…?'”

Krushna said there are actors who take roasts sportingly. “When Varun Dhawan came for ‘Dilwale’, Varun himself came up to me and said that he is very excited and looking forward to the roast. Even Shah Rukh Khan chose to come to our show for ‘Fan’. “I don’t know what hurt Tannishtha, because I wasn’t performing then. But I apologise if it has hurt her, though it wasn’t a deliberate attempt,” he added.

A PTI report quoted NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam as saying it was "deplorable" and "pathetic" that the TV show "stooped to such a low level to garner TRPs".

"This was wrong on so many levels, in gender construct and social construct and it sets a very bad precedent. It is in bad taste and condemnable. In the name of freedom of expression, one should not and cannot allow perpetuation of social prejudice," Kumaramangalam told PTI, adding NCW has taken cognisance of the incident and is “consulting lawyers” to determine a “course of action.”

The NCW proposes to issue a letter to the apex authority on monitoring of the broadcast media content to bring to their notice the episode, according to the wire news service report.

This is not the first time comedians and TV shows have come under scrutiny for content that has been described as objectionable by some.

Meanwhile, a media report from Karnataka said that a High Court judge made some critical comments on film, TV and print media content.

Justice Gowda, who has given time to the Central government till 4 October 2016 to respond to a petition, was reported as observing on a case regarding a film content, “In the midst of news, some objectionable contents are introduced on television. Even newspapers carry advertisements about jewellery and lingerie, which are sometimes indecent.”

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/star-plus-800x800.jpg?itok=skBw-Vyj
Star Plus leads in traditional entertainment media brand category: Study

In an industry study conducted by Vidooly, it is observed that Facebook could be a great platform for aspiring video creators in the country. They can then incorporate it in their overall content strategy and try to leverage other platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/discovery-800x800.jpg?itok=0Nm7MzL-
Discovery to air 'River Monsters' throughout December

Freshwater detective, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade has spent three decades traveling the world’s waterways in search of man-eaters that lurk beneath the surface of rivers and lakes in some of the most inhospitable locations in the world.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/tv-today-800x800.jpg?itok=S95bd2jx
Q2-17: TV Today Network topline up

BENGALURU: TV Today Network Limited (TVTN) reported 5.1 per cent increase in standalone revenue (TIO) for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year (Q2-16). Standalone profit after tax (PAT) however declined 4.1 per...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/monisha-800x800.jpg?itok=Z2ntYoIO
Discovery appoints FremantleMedia's Monisha Jaising Vaid

Discovery Networks is on a hiring spree. In its endeavour to accelerate growth and embrace opportunities beyond linear, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has now appointed Monisha Jaising Vaid as the director of original content for real world products. She joins from FremantleMedia India TV...

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/fremental-800x8000.jpg?itok=KYe2Um-i
Wentworth: Fremantlemedia International, Sky Deutschland tie up

FremantleMedia International (FMI) has announced it had secured a deal with German-speaking PayTV platform, Sky Deutschland, for the award-winning and critically-acclaimed prison drama, Wentworth.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/Amirzada-cast.jpg?itok=AdSC4XPM
Amirzada Nawab Khan's story to be telecast on Zee Yuva

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Police, one of the potent police forces in India, has come a long way from the decade of 80s when it lacked training & high-end precision weapons which is the norm of late. That decade was marked with the rise in crime and police’s main weapon were their networking skills...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/BB10.jpg?itok=HeTvyaI5
Colors leads Hindi, urban GEC; Sony Pal retains position

MUMBAI:Colors continues to lead the Hindi GEC and Urban GEC markets in week 47. In Hindi GEC rural market, Sony Pal emerged as the number one channel while Zee Anmol bagged the second position, according to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/01/axn-800x800.jpg?itok=9WZlHTlX
AXN to air s1-6 of 'Californication'

Novelists are nerds, some say so but there was this one who broke all the stereotypes unabashedly. He was stylish, charming and could flatter almost anyone with his good looks and wit. Does it ring a bell? Yes, we are talking about the much loved TV character, Hank Moody. Get ready for debauchery,...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/01/vikky-800x800.jpg?itok=tT_jQk1v
'Vicky goes Desi' on NDTV Good Times

After having gone Veg and Foreign, Chef Vicky Ratnani is back in kitchen and is all set to return to your television screens with a brand new show called Vicky Goes Desi on NDTV Good Times. This time the chef is on a mission to create Indian flavours packed into brand new recipes.

Television TV Channels Specialised and Niche

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories