Parched actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee, on Tuesday stormed out of television show, "Comedy Nights Bachao", after being harassed by continuous racial slurs.
Parched actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee, on Tuesday stormed out of television show, “Comedy Nights Bachao”, after being harassed by continuous racial slurs. The show, known for its stale and poor jokes, that gets passed off in the ‘roast’ genre is hosted by popular Hindi comedians, Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Mona Singh, among others. Tannishtha, in a facebook post, said that she was told that the show follows the ruthless western genre of roasting and had signed up for the episode as a part of the promotion of her movie, “Parched”.
Tannishtha, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, clarified that she did not feel offended by the types of jokes but felt that the show was being a bully instead of being funny. She said that, in the West, roast panels take on the personal life and achievements of a celebrity. But the show saw her being described as a “kaali kalooti” and asked if she has been eating jamuns since childhood. After two segments of the show, Tannishtha walked out of the show. Tannishtha points out that she doesn’t have a white hangover. In her facebook post, she said,”Even today this is not about me being offended but because a burning issue is being promoted through such shows. It’s as bad as making a joke about a marginalised community. That is not the spirit of Parched or the face of a woman who believes dark is beautiful.”
The 35-year old further added that after the first segment, she had thought that the ‘comedians’ would move on fro her skin tone and focus on some other topic, like performances, films or personal life, which is very common in a roast. Tannishtha has made it clear that she does not want to be featured on the episode or the channel since no apology was coming for such blatant racism. Tannishtha is a winner of BAFTA for her contribution to cinema. Her role in Sarah Gavron’s British film Brick Lane had brought her international acclaim as she had been nominated alongside Judi dench and Anne Hathaway for the British Independent Film Awards.
When asked about if she had faced such racism before in India, she admits that she is often told to get the make up a touch lighter. She firmly states that racism is rampant in the indian film industry and is thoroughly propagated through such crass shows. It has to be noted that “Comedy Nights Bachao” is not the only show on Indian television that has tried its hand at the roast genre of comedy. But unlike Western roast shows, these comedians are forced to tone down their content for a family audience. Ironically racial slurs have been deemed ok by the Indian family audience, which only goes on to show the widespread racism that is prevalent in the country.