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AIB Roast: Russell Peters asks Aamir Khan to shut up

Stand-up comedian Russell Peters slams Aamir Khan's call to censor the kind of humour that was the AIB roast.

entertainment Updated: Feb 15, 2015 01:10 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times

Stand-up comedian Russell Peters has lashed out at those who have gone against the controversial AIB roast that's been making news of late. The 44-year-old particularly asked Aamir Khan, who has condemned the video, to "shut up" and "mind his own business".

"Seriously, who is he, the so-called artist, to say that he found it violent and that AIB and rest involved should have been responsible? He did not even see it! Someone please ask him to shut up and take care of his own business," says the Canadian funnyman of Indian origin.

Russell, who was scheduled to perform in the capital on Saturday night, further slammed Aamir for remarking without knowing. "He is an actor; not even a real artist. He goes in front of the camera and reads out lines that someone else has written. Then, he is giving his opinion about something that is honest!"

In fact, Russell has his doubts about how many people really got the jokes. "I don't know if they even understand what it is. It is a roast, where you put someone stage and say the most honest things, in the most brutal, nastiest manner. And in return, they do the same to you. And it's not the type of comedy where you go behind someone's back and stab them. It's honest, it's in your face," he says, adding that Indians are mostly confused about what they get angry about. "You know, it's funny, the things we get angry about. We don't get pissed when a politician comes up on stage and lies on our faces, but we get angry when someone speaks the truth."

He adds that he met AIB comedians Tanmay Bhatt and Gursimran Khamba and congratulated them on their effort. "I met Tanmay and Khamba and patted them on their back and said they should feel proud!"

First Published: Feb 14, 2015 18:51 IST