FIR Filed Against All India Bakchod for AIB Knockout Roast of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor!
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FIR Filed Against All India Bakchod for AIB Knockout Roast of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor!

The YouTube video which has gotten millions of views, has predictably irked the moral police in India

Let’s face it -- it was just a matter of time before the ‘moral’ police expressed their disdain for the AIB Knockout Roast. Akhilesh Tiwari, the President of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha in Mumbai, has launched an FIR against the comedy group’s Knockout Roast of the two stars, as per a report in DNA.
That’s not all, a Catholic Group – Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum – has also filed an FIR on the grounds that they found the show not Christian. Vinod Tawde, the Cultural Affairs Minister, has said in an interview to Mumbai Mirror that he is more concerned with how the show was allowed to be held without a censor certificate. Apparently, the police are also investigating the matter.

The concept of a ‘Roast’, popular in the Western world, was supposed to be just that – offensive. And fair warning was duly given by the ‘Roast Master’, Karan Johar, at the beginning of the show when he declared, “Let the filth begin.” From toilet humour to racist jokes and much more, no one, from Karan and Deepika to Alia and the AIB team, was spared the burn. The show was held in South Mumbai with an audience of 4,000 people in attendance. On January 28, 2015 the edited videos were uploaded on YouTube for the world to watch for free; they have since gone viral.

The reason for Tiwari’s rant against AIB, as reported by Times of India, is predictable: “I have handed over a letter to Sakinaka police demanding a criminal complaint be lodged against these so-called youth icons Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. 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. 

Just FYI Mr Tiwari – India’s ‘clean’ image has already suffered at the hands of politicians who have dismissed real offenses against women as forgivable as it was just “boys being boys” (case in point – Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav). Getting India’s clean image sparkling and Tide-washed again is a goal we all harbour. However, rallying your righteous troupes against a comedy show that didn’t hide its offensiveness, may not be the most effective way to go.

Also – if we are really talking about a ‘clean image’, then perhaps an FIR needs to be filed against a certain censor board member who insulted Karan Johar in a way that no one would find amusing – by alluding to inappropriate behaviour with his mother. Fine lines are not meant to be crossed; this comment did. Should the censor board member have obtained a certification before mouthing off on Twitter?

The AIB Roast did dare to go where no one had gone before with a heaping of expletives that made even our seasoned ears burn… but then, wasn’t it meant to do just that? If celebrities, who are notorious for their egos, can discard their straight-laced, PR-rehearsed and sugared public image, and laugh at themselves, then it’s time we all took a ‘chill pill’ and did so too. After all, there are much more serious things in the country and the world at large that offend… right?

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