Why standup comedians Tanmay Bhat and Aditi Mittal are waging a Twitter battle against Hate Story maker Vivek Agnihotri

Indian stand-up comedians Abhishek Upmanyu, Tanmay Bhat and Aditi Mittal are waging a Twitter war against filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri for what could possibly be the most idiotic reason.

It just so happens that when somebody cracks a joke, they are told to “grow up” even though we all know that being hysterical does not correspond to immaturity. But, leave to a desperate band of stand-up comedians to shatter that mental impression. Recently, a harmless (and somewhat tasteless) joke sparked an online debate between Indian filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri and comedians Abhishek Upmanyu and Tanmay Bhat with Aditi Mittal in tow.

It all started when Upmanyu quipped, “I want this plane to crash just so that the kids who are making noise die.” While the joke wasn’t exactly offensive, it isn’t exactly irrational to think that the joke is a controversial one. Upmanyu’s tweet did not seem to sit well with Agnihotri, who responded by saying, “Pathetic state of Indian Stand up Comedy scene. Not one but almost all.”

Abhishek Upmanyu, Vivek Agnihotri, Twitter

What followed next was a series of tweets lacking any and all maturity and reason. Responding to Agnihotri’s statement by criticising his 2012 film Hate Story, Upmanyu tweeted saying, “Uncle bura maan gaye. Tweet toh free mein padhte hain sir, “Hate story” ke toh paise lag gaye the. Socho kitna bura laga hoga.” A classic case of comeback deficiency on Upmanyu’s end; make a personal comment about the other person’s age. So elegant and hilarious!

Then began an utterly futile exchange where the Indian stand-up comedians Tanmay Bhat and Aditi Mittal their two cents’ worth.

*maximum cringe*
What was that? Was that supposed to be funny? Mittal wasn’t the only one who was feeling a bit witless today. Allow All India Bakchod’s Tanmay Bhat to supersede her as the dumbest one in the lot as he continued to unleash a barrage of tweets that seem to be countering Agnihotri’s statements but, nobody knows what they’re really about.

Agnihotri, now fighting three-on-one, did not back down:

Others including Sapan Verma also joined in, standing against the Hate Story director:

And then it was just downright ugly with Bhat resorting to namecalling, deeming it a “RW vs comedians debate”. Mittal too retweeted a tweet which seemingly called Agnihotri an “idiot sanghi”:

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