Tannishtha Chatterjee on 'Colors' row: I wish they made fun of me

September 29, 2016 1:25:47 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who complained of getting trolled on Colors show 'Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza' for her skin colour, has received an apology from the channel. However the actress whose recent release PARCHED is getting appreciated by the concerned audience, is still not happy.


Tannishtha Chatterjee along with her co-star Radhika Apte appeared on the channel to promote PARCHED. Though the channel informed in advance the show format which deals in roasting people following the insult comedy format, Tannishtha stormed out of the show in protest. The actress strongly objected to the troll being centered around her skin colour subjecting to racist jokes that went on continuing starting with habit of eating ‘jamun' since childhood, followed by ‘Kaali Kalooti' and ‘mooh kala hai'.

Irked by the racial comments, Tannishtha later took to her social media handle and expressed her concern strongly pointing out that issues like religion, caste and colour are not a matter to be laughed at. Tannishtha said that she is okay with an insult comedy on her but not a prejudice comment based on her skin colour. She reportedly said that she is proud to share her skin colour with 80% of Indians.

The channel later came into action and apologised to the actress. The channel posted a message on its official social media handle which read, “Dear Tannishtha, It is rather unfortunate that what you had expected to be a fun and novel experience, turned out to be traumatic for you.”

However still unhappy, Tannishtha who complains such shows for having a prejudiced mindset, replied, “Thanks for this post. But this is not about me. It's about a prejudice. I wish they made fun of me.”

The show has not gone on air so we don't know how far this particular episode has gone, but Tannishta deserves a pat on her back for standing firm on what she feels is right. As far as the acceptability of insult comedy, roast format in India is concerned, there are divided opinions.

Yes, many of us have crossed limits while trolling our friends in private right from our campus days, but can this type of crude, lewd, insult made privately be accepted as a public show? Only time will tell.