You must have enjoyed the AIB (All India Bakch*d) roast that hosted Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. Right from non-veg jokes, to personal attacks (in a healthy way), the video has attracted the attention of more than 1 lakh viewers on YouTube.
Now the question is What is AIB? and What happened to AIB?
AIB stands for “All India Bakch*d.” It was a creative agency based in India. In Hindi, the meaning of Bakch*d is a ‘senseless f*cker.’
Back in February 2012, comedians Tanmay Bhat and Gursimranjeet Singh Khamba started the humour podcast known as All India Bakch*d in Mumbai.
Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi guested the show and four of them co-founded the namesake YouTube channel in 2013. Much later, they formed a comedy company and drew sketches, performed stand up comedy and co-wrote shows.
History of AIB
Tanmay Bhatt, Rohan Joshi and Shakya were based in Mumbai. They entered the Mumbai stand up circuit back in 2008.
Both Bhatt and Joshi had contributed to a weekly youth-focused magazine called JLT (Just Like That) published by the Times of India.
They frequently started performing at Hamateur Night by Vir Das, another comedian. On May 2019, after the #metoo allegations upon Gursimranjeet Singh Khamba, AIB formally dissolved the company.
#Metoo allegations revolve as a viral movement where the victims came out to name and shame several sexual predators.
What happened to AIB?
Internet is a place where you can rise to fame and can break your game. Something similar happened to the AIB team. At the backdrop of it were allegations, interviews, exclusive talk shows and whatnot.
The recent interviews from the AIB employees show that something was brewing from long before. On October 2018, hundreds of women came out narrating their #Metoo experiences. These were sexual harassments instances and assault, especially at their workplaces.
Why AIB stopped?
On October 2018, Tanmay Bhatt got a worried call from his mother. Upon picking the call, Bhatt was perplexed and shocked with the series of events happening around.
That week, many of the Indian women had taken to Twitter and Facebook to raise voice against sexual harassment. The charges include assault at the workplace to rape by familiars and strangers.
The name that was on the spotlight included Bollywood celebrities, India’s deputy foreign minister at the time, artists, journalists, lawyers, CEO’s etc.
In one disturbing post on Facebook, filmmaker Vinta Nanda accused Alok Nath, 62-year veteran Bollywood actor for raping her almost two decades ago.
Between 2017-2018, AIB earned at an approx of INR 90 crore in revenues, on which they got a profit close to INR 80 lakhs, according to documents filed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Then, On October 4 2018, a stand up comic Mahima Kukreja tweeted how a comedian named Utsav Chakraborty has sent her obscene photos.
AIB had continued to work with him despite Kukreja requesting Bhatt about it. A few days later another Twitter user shared an account that accused Khamba of sexual harassment.
Within the blink of an eye, AIB was stopped in the way as they never existed in the first place. Just a week later, India’s biggest brand had vanished into internet oblivion.
The Famous AIB Knockout Roast
Cracking Jokes at Karan Johar’s sexual orientation to Ranveer Singh’s sex addiction, the AIB roast on YouTube had left nothing to explore more.
While Karan was the icing on the cake for controversies, but the discomfort was obvious for Alia Bhatt, getting roasted because of her ‘not so intelligent’ attitude.
It was Karan Johar’s oratory skills that caught the attention of the people present there. Filthy jokes, personal attacks, failures, insecurities, all were part of the celebrity AIB roast.
Most people criticised the standard of jokes meted out on the fellow participants. Many believed that jokes should have some limits and comedians should restrain themselves from creating an environment where everything seems fine.
In general, Roasting is a comedic art form that originated in 1949 in New York and has been adopted across the world.
AIB on May 2019 stated suspending its operations after two of the associated members were named in the #Metoo movement. However, the former member Gursimran Khamba has announced his new venture Light@27 and explained that all the allegations were baseless and the woman has no evidence that can call him guilty.