Comedian Tanmay Bhat has been in the news for all kinds of reasons. From roasting celebrities with his team of brilliant comedians to making hilarious snapchat videos, he has done it all. However, he made MAJOR news when he posted a snapchat video that involved two famous and talented celebrities- singer and legend Lata Mangeshkar and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. That controversy lead to a lot of flak with people even calling him an anti-national.
Months later, on the occasion of Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday, Tanmay Bhat took to his social media page to write a letter to the legend. In a heartfelt message, he describes how huge a fan he is of this legend. He also mentions how despite all that he does in his career, Tendulkar might always remember him only for that controversy, that first impression of him.
Tanmay Bhat wrote this letter as a birthday wish to the legend himself-
During the whole controversy, my father said something that truly made me sad. He said that I wasn’t much of a crying child. But, he particularly remembers one day when I cried a lot. He was late while taking me to watch you play at the wankhede. And the child that I was wouldn’t stop sobbing until I reached the stadium to see you at the crease. Thank you for my childhood. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for making me cry. Thank you for being a memory my dad has of me. And irrespective of the jokes, I will always love you.
The worst part for me about the controversy wasn’t the MNS threatening to kill me. It was that the only thing you’ll ever know me for is that silly, silly joke. And nothing else I ever do will change that first impression. A joke I never ever dreamt you’ll see. I pictured you sitting at home watching the news, embarassed and baffled. And what made me saddest was knowing I’d never probably meet you. A dream died that day. The second time you made me cry. Sadly What’s done is done. A name that made me smile a lot – today is a name that emvarasses me. A name that I yelled, everytime I saw cricket, no matter who was playing, is a name that people tease me with. Maaaybe one day I’ll do something that you’ll hear about me again, hopefully positive. And maybe one day I’ll make you laugh. 🙂 one day.
Happy birthday, you god damned legend.
PS:: pls go to Parliament more often, a billion people would feel safer to see you in there than all those other goofs.”
We are all eagerly waiting to see when and how Tendulkar himself will respond to this beautiful letter.