Parched actress Tannishtha upset with racism on comedy show

Photo of Indian actress Tannishtha Chatterjee.

Mumbai: Indian film actress Tannishtha Chatterjee faced some “regressive and blatantly racist” attack when she was invited as a guest at “Comedy Nights Bachao” for which she felt very upset.

Tannishtha is against at the “regressive and blatantly racist” attack she experienced when she was invited as a guest at comedy show. She says jokes about her dark skin tone were not funny at all.

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In a Facebook post on Wednesday, she wrote about the experience of being a guest on the comedy show that presents comedians ‘roasting’ their guests. The actress shot for the episode on Tuesday.

Being a fan of “Saturday Night Live” show, she was looking forward 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”.

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“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…?'”

She pointed out that the only thing they could roast about a dark-skinned actress was “of course her dark skin”.

“I could not believe I was sitting in a nationally televised comedy show in 2016 in Mumbai amid such regressive (I can’t call it humour), and blatantly racist content,” added the actress, who has worked widely in the international field.

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While Tannishtha sat through the show, feeling “suffocated”, she decided to give it another chance. But in vain. When she told the organisers what she felt, they said: “But we told you it is a roast!”

Tannishtha with her latest release “Parched” said the team wanted to express a lot of things about gender, body, skin, sexuality and caste.


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