The AIB Knockout that roasted actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh has not amused all, even as others feel that humour of all kinds should be taken in good stride.
The live insult-fest, hosted by comedy collective All India Bak**** (AIB) and filmmaker Karan Johar, has been garnering much attention on social media, and now, Mumbai Police has received multiple complaints against the show, KJo, Arjun and Ranveer on grounds of obscenity. Following these, the state government has ordered a probe in the matter.
The culture minister of Maharashtra, Vinod Tawade, as quoted in a leading daily, said, “Some people reported to me that the performance had vulgar language, and enquired if the performers had the censor certificate. I asked Cultural Affairs Director Ajay Ambekar to conduct an inquiry. There is no problem if they have a certificate. If they don’t, we need to find out how the stadium allowed such acts.”
A member of the present censor board, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit faced flak when in a series of tweets, he called the event a “porn show” and went on to write, “Karan Johar could have easily shown his position while performing sex to his mom at home instead of making it public”.
On being contacted, Vijay Nair, director of Only Much Louder (the company that organised the event at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai), said there’s no requirement of a censor ­certificate to put up a show, and they had all the ­necessary permissions in place. “For a show like this, you need a performance licence. We had that. You also need to take permission from the local police authorities; we had that too. As for the present issue, when the police called us to inquire, we told them the same thing.”
The three-part edited YouTube video of the show comes with an above-18 disclaimer. Stand-up comic Daniel Fernandes, who co-wrote the material for the roast, says, “It’s the first time that a roast of such a large scale has taken place. Everyone present was well aware of the content, and had given their consent. The problem lies in whether certain sections of people understand this format, and accept it.”