The infamous AIB Knockout continues to haunt actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh more than three years after the roast show. The Bombay High Court has refused to grant interim relief to the actors in the case of an FIR filed against them for allegedly using abusive and obscene language during the comedy event.
The actors along with Karan Johar, other Bollywood celebrities, and AIB team members had participated in the show on 20th December 2014, where comedians ‘roasted’ them with uncomfortable questions. As the show went viral on YouTube, politicians took offence to the roast’s allegedly lewd content and several FIRs were filed against the participants. AIB members Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya and Gursimran Khamba, along with actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Karan Johar were granted protection against possible arrest after a court directive to the police. However, Arjun and Ranveer received a summons from Pune police and sought relief from the court to prevent coercive action against them. But the court’s recent stance to not grant any relief has put both actors in a fix.
As a result of the controversy, AIB was forced to pull down the video of the roast from the internet and had to meet politicians to soothe their frayed nerves. Tanmay Bhat from the AIB courted some controversy again when he posted a Snapchat video imitating Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. The comedian was threatened with physical violence and an FIR was filed against him by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Bharatiya Janta Party. Whether it was the roast or the Snapchat controversy, politicians used every minute of the airtime on television discussions to uphold our country’s morality by abusing and name calling the people who participated in the roast in any manner. For a nation that faces severe issues like farmer suicides, financial frauds and rising violence against women, the only thing that offends its politicians is a couple of harmless jokes.