Filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, and other performers of AIB Knockout are facing twin probes -- by Maharashtra government and Mumbai Police-- for allegedly using 'filthy and abusive language'
Maharashtra government on Monday ordered an inquiry into a comedy show held here even as police launched a probe following a complaint against filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, among others, for allegedly using "filthy and abusive language" during the event.
"Officials of the Culture Department will examine the (AIB show) videos for the content. If found vulgar, an action will be initiated," Maharashtra Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters in Mumbai.
Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh amidst a laugh riot at the AIB Knockout. Picture courtesy: YouTube
Mumbai Police also initiated an inquiry following a complaint against Johar, Kapoor and Singh, which alleged that the trio, along with other comedians, had used abusive language during the AIB Knockout, a comedy show by group All India Bakchod, held in Mumbai.
According to the written complaint by Akhilesh Tiwari, president of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha in Mumbai, filed at Sakinaka police station on Monday, the trio, along with other performers, had allegedly passed abusive and offensive remarks against one another and at the audience present there, police said.
The first video of the three-part AIB Knockout on YouTube cautioned users -- "following video is filthy, rude and
'Roast' is a relatively new genre for Indians watching insult comedy online or during live performances. The AIB Knockout on YouTube had social media buzzing with their roast of Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh with Karan Johar officiating as 'roastmaster' in front of 4,000 people at Worli in Mumbai.
In his four-page complaint at Sakinaka police station, Tiwari sought a criminal case against Johar, Kapoor and Singh as well as the show organiser, among others.
"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.
The 43-year-old complainant claimed that the programme was organised on December 20 and was uploaded on websites last week.
"I sought action against the event organisers and other performers as well, who passed dirty comments with such audacity. The police action would be a deterrent to them so that they would not dare to do such acts publicly in future," he said.
Prasanna More, Senior Inspector at Sakinaka police station, told PTI "we have received the written complaint. We are inquiring into the matter. Once we reach a conclusion, appropriate action would be initiated, if required."
The show started with Karan Johar announcing, "Let the filth begin."
Other performers had cracked jokes at the audience that included actors Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Alia
Bhatt, the complaint said.