The controversial comedy group AIB (All India Bakchod) is back with another video, and this time it mocks the two most respected and revered legends in our country – Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar, and Bollywood is not at all amused. The number of times these guys get into trouble (over celebrity ‘roasting’) probably suggests that the only way they can survive is by creating controversies.
So what happened this time?
Tanmay Bhat of AIB (founding member of the comedy group All India Bakchod) recently posted a Snapchat video on his facebook timeline, where he starts a fake war between Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar over who is a better batsman – ‘Virat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar’.
Like in AIB’s earlier videos, Tanmay is making fun of their physical appearances – age, skin, looks, wrinkles, and also using bad words (milder ones). The comedian says things like (to Lata) ‘You are 5000 years old so shut up’ and ‘Jon Snow also died and so should you.’
Checkout the video for yourself.
Thankfully, his latest effort to make people laugh has backfired, because it really is cheap & in very poor taste. The few who support Tanmay’s latest video have the usual thing to say – people have lost their sense of humour, this video should be taken in a light manner, etc.
So it seems, this time, the hunter is getting hunted.
Bollywood celebs like Riteish Deshmukh, Anupam Kher, Celina Jaitley were the first to criticize the stand up comedy artist!
Here are some of the reactions.
I am 9 times winner of #BestComicActor. Have a great sense of humor. But This's NOT humor. #Disgusting&Disrespectful https://t.co/sTuTfbAOrU
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) May 29, 2016
Am absolutely shocked. Disrespect is not cool and neither is it funny. https://t.co/ymYPi9hxuv
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) May 28, 2016
AIB Knockout Collects Rs 40 Lakh: Too Less for the Controversy it Created?
The controversial ‘AIB Knockout’ show that was hosted by Karan Johar and attended by several Bollywood Stars donated Rs 40 Lakh to charity. But considering the controversy it generated (may call it ‘damage’), wasn’t the amount too less considering the controversy it created and considering the fact that so many Bollywood celebrities attended it?
There are many who’re supporting the AIB, but a much higher number of people were shocked at the brazenness with which the show was aired to the public.
But leaving aside the controversy part, a show that was attended by Karan Johar (owns ‘Dharma Productions’, among the biggest production houses in Bollywood), Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Roadie Raghu, Alia Bhat, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Rajeev Masand, could manage to donate only Rs.40 lakh to charity.
But just imagine, had these celebrities done their usual singing/dancing on the stage for the same duration, wouldn’t they have collected a much bigger amount? After all, these stars easily charge 50 Lakhs to a crore for stage shows that last an hour or so.
So was fund raising just an excuse?
Salman Khan Furious with AIB jokes: Roasts AIB Members
If you’re wondering why Salman Khan has not been touched by the AIB controversy, you probably haven’t read this.
According to grapevine, there were some jokes at the expense of Salman’s sister Arpita as well during the live event. This apparently made the Dabangg actor furious and he called up AIB’s co-founder Tanmay Bhatt. During this furious 2am call, he asked Bhatt how dare he mess with his family members. He also demanded that none of those jokes should end up online.
According to sources, Salman even called up Karan Johar who was the roast master on the show and expressed his displeasure, according to reports. The group in a statement on Twitter, however, have said the decision to take off the video was not due to any “2am phone calls”.
SRK Plays it Safe When Reacting to the AIB Controversy
SRK definitely seems to have mellowed down (with age and experience), at least when commenting in public. When asked about the celebrity roast involving Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, the actor was definitely careful with his words.
“I am someone who has always believed in sense of humour. Over the years my sense of humour is rounded off if not completely over. I have learnt to curtail it because there is always going to be a thin line when it comes to humour. It is always going to invoke radical reaction, either you are going to laugh at it or hate it. When you are a popular actor like I am, people listen to you… So, you need to relook at it and I am only speaking about myself here. There will always be issues and questions. I can’t take any sides,” said Shah Rukh in an interview.