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Trending in India: #AIBRoast under fire

Pune Police has lodged a complaint against AIB Knouckout Roast due to display of obscene behaviour on a public platform. The police has also slapped section under the India Penal Code on the organizers of AIB. Bollywood celebrities like Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Kapoor, and Director Karan Johar have been named in FIR (First Information Record) filed by the Police.

#AIBRoast was trending in India during the week but for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t the laughter and the thrill but AIB Roast fueled the fire of anger among a large group of audience who found if offensive, hurtful and obscene.

Initially, the film body was praising the new form roast comedy and the performance of Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Karan Johar at the AIB Knockout for experimenting with comedy but later the same garnered unpleasant comments. The Federation of Western India Cine
Employees has demanded an unconditional apology for the act.

The Twitteratis are contesting if this is freedom of speech and expression or if the organisers of the show went overboard in lieu of the satirical comedy and experimentation. AIB has given the clarification the, “‘No one was forced to watch the video”.

The most dramatic component of the entire controversy is that the video sharing platform YouTube and the stadium in Mumbai was the event took place have also been named in the FIR under the charges of distributing obscene content to the public. Like social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, YouTube was used as a platform to post the video of an event that was held in December in Mumbai but in bid to gain a larger audience YouTube has been roasted and served with a notice.

The video was taken off YouTube after millions of internet users watched the new format of insult comedy. The video went viral within hours after it was uploaded on YouTube and I was one among those users and while I was watching it, I was wondering if people in India are going to be offended by the content and…there the mystery was solved.

Most of us are not ready for the new form roast comedy, most of us are easily offended, yet most of us surf the internet looking for new and innovative video content for the purpose of ‘entertainment’. But, according to most of us this entertainment has to be refined, intellectual and non-offensive to enter the India media domain.

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