AIB, one of India’s premiere comedy collectives has created a storm on social media with their latest offering #AIBKnockout and the ensuing controversy. The roast of Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor with Karan Johar as the roast master, #AIBKnockout is available as a three-part video series uploaded last week on YouTube; it is now getting the undue attention from the Maharashtra Government.
The rude, offensive, filthy but entertaining show that happened in December created an online stir once again yesterday after news broke out that the show would be investigated over being guilty of obscene language and content. The decision was announced by Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra’s Minister for Cultural Affairs, reported NDTV. Additionally, DNA reported that police have initiated an inquiry into a complaint against filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, which alleged that the trio had used “filthy and abusive language” on AIB Roast event held in Mumbai.
Akhilesh Tiwari, President of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha had filed a four-page complaint at Sakinaka police station, against the actors, filmmaker as well as the show organiser, among others. “The show, which can be seen on YouTube and other websites, was extremely abusive and it is not only ruining the clean image of the Indian culture & women, but is also misleading today’s youth,” said Tiwari.
Inspired by Comedy Central’s roasts of Hugh Hefner, Pamela Anderson, Charlie Sheen, among others, the AIB Roast became an instant viral on social media collecting 2 million hits in 12 hours. The latest numbers say that the views are more than 7 million and counting. #AIBKnockout became the talking point after it being available online. While most of the junta took it in the right spirit, it was objected to by a section of the audience.
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 30, 2015
— Kamaal R Khan-KRK (@kamaalrkhan) January 30, 2015
The show once again became the talking point on Twitter from yesterday after the news of investigation surfaced. Twitter users are reacting strongly against the double standards in Indian society labeling it a hypocritical act.
Supportive voices are trending “We Stand By AIB Knockout” along with #AIBRoast on Twitter
I support We Stand By AIB Knockout , it’s just a show for God’s sake stop reacting like kid’s , Watch it n enjoy that’s it.. — Waiting 4 Shaandaar (@Shanatic4Lif) February 3, 2015
You weren’t forced to watch, you in fact did the hard work of going on YouTube finding the video and watching it… We Stand By AIB Knockout — Chirag (@TheHaathi) February 3, 2015
We stand by AIB knockout. It is on YouTube and not being telecast! Indians need a choice of content without narrow minded ones filing FIRs — michelle pereira (@michellep77) February 3, 2015
But not everyone is angry with the investigation, voices of protest are trending ‘AIB National Shame’ on Twitter
Seriously, it’s not cool. They called themselves they represent youth, Indian youth is much more educated then them. AIB National Shame
— Biswatosh Sinha (@biswatosh) February 2, 2015
Meanwhile sensing the rise over the illogical vs logical debate of investigating a humor show, Vinod Tawde has tweeted that no moral policing would be done.
It might be a tricky assurance from the government at a time when the Censor Board is stepping up and muting lyrics because it was Bombay and not Mumbai. AIB Knockout might hope for the matter to be resolved amicably, else we need to dig deep into double standard of our society.
— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) February 2, 2015
By the way the act raised 40 lakhs for charity and the audience who paid to watch it looked as if they had a gala time being a part of #AIBKnockout.