Mumbai: Popular standup comedian and co-founder of one of India’s most followed comedy collective AIB (All India Bakchod), Tanmay Bhat on Tuesday said that online trolls don’t bother him anymore, but it is the legal actions on his jokes what he fears. Bhat had participated in a panel discussion by the jury of OSM-Outlook Social Media Awards in Mumbai. The topic of the discussion was ‘Social Media Trolling on Social Platforms’ and eminent film and digital personalities Gul Panag, Jose Cavaco, Malini Agarwal, Twinkle Khanna too were a part of it.
Bhat is no stranger to online and real-life bullying and sometime back, his joke about Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar had the law after him. Talking about Social Media Trolls and dealing with them, Tanmay said, “Step one, put the laptop down, that is something I learned. And once you do it, you realize everything else in fine except the laptop screen. Online trolling doesn’t bother me, I don’t really care. I am more worried about FIR’s are filed against me, when I make some joke on stage because it ruins your life”
“In my profession, comedians are inherently trolls to everybody; the biggest disadvantage of the whole thing is self-censorship, which is the biggest bad by-product and law coming after you,” Bhat added. Further taking a jibe at controlling the trolls, Tanmay said, “Maybe everyone is forced to link their Aadhaar Card to their Twitter or all the other social media account, the whole problem will be solved.”
People from Films, Media, Digital Platform, Culinary, Fashion, Politics, Sports and many other streams are nominated under various categories at the OSM Awards, such as Super Nova of The year, Sports Star of the Year, Comedy Guru of the Year, Musician of the Year, Viral Personality of the Year, Politician of the Year, Inspiration of the Year, Influencer of the Year, Foodie/Chef of the Year, Youth Icon of the Year, Inspiration of the Year (Celebrity) and more.
Celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Varun Dhawan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar, Rajkummar Rao, Ranveer Singh, Kalki Koechlin, Rannvijay Singh, Priya Varrier, Athiya Shetty and more are nominated in 2018. The award commences on 20th April.