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.
Thank you @arjunk26 @karanjohar for making me collapse with laughter seeing the roast &k-jo they were killing you:) #mustwatch #AIBRoast
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 30, 2022
Now @SunnyLeone is more respected girl than all those girls who were sitting n laughing for crap, Ghatiya n Wahiyat Jokes of #AIBKnockout
— Kamaal R Khan-KRK (@kamaalrkhan) January 30, 2022
As a comedian, I’m pumped when other guys break new ground. It opens it up for the rest of us to more of what we love! #AIBKnockout — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 30, 2022
Unreal!Can’t believe I missed it live @thetanmay @mojorojo @gkhamba @RanveerOfficial @arjunk26 @karanjohar killed it #AIBKnockout #madepic — Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) January 28, 2022
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, 2022
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, 2022
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, 2022
You should have just stopped when @karanjohar gave the disclaimer in the beginning. So it’s not their fault. We Stand By AIB Knockout — Lupita Sahu (@lupitasahu) February 3, 2022
Use this your header to show that We Stand By AIB Knockout Pass this pic to all Arjun and Ranveer Fans pic.twitter.com/LFj3tqahAH — Arjun ki Madamiyaaa! (@arjunk26lover) February 2, 2022
But not everyone is angry with the investigation, voices of protest are trending ‘AIB National Shame’ on Twitter
This jagat janani also think that cheap vulgar jokes were funny and take a bow to them AIB National Shame pic.twitter.com/mBQmVg1dEV — ❤️Dαвαηgg’s Lα∂у❤️ (@YumieKhan) February 2, 2022
Here the prove that she love cheap vulgar jokes. And now you know who is she. AIB National Shame pic.twitter.com/7ZlFtZCuTQ — ❤️Dαвαηgg’s Lα∂у❤️ (@YumieKhan) February 2, 2022
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, 2022
Deepika,Sonakshi become preachy when sexists jokes r cracked by normal people,but they enjoyed such jokes at #AIBRoast AIB National Shame — sabina lamba (@SabinaLamba) February 2, 2022
Let’s see what majority feels: RT if you feel #AIBRoast was “AIB National Shame” Favorite if you “We Stand By AIB Knockout”. — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 2, 2022
Share this Pic as much as you can AIB National Shame pic.twitter.com/AHjuPqHaQK — Bajrangi Bhaijaan (@SalmansSoldier) February 2, 2022
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.
On #AIBRoast, will only enquire if the AIB had taken appropriate certificate. No moral policing if they r allowed by law, I can’t stop them. — Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) February 2, 2022
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, 2022
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.