Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Ranvir Singh, Deepika Padukone, Aalia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor and film critic Rajeev Masand are among 14 named as accused in a case filed by a social activist questioning both the content of the controversial AIB ‘Roast’ and the venue of the event, which is a stadium built on government land for sports events
A Metropolitan Court in Mumbai has asked Tardeo Police Station to file a first information report (FIR) against 14 persons, including officials of National Sports Club of India (NSCI), the comedians of AIB Roast and a bunch of Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Deeepika Padukone, Ranvir Singh, Aalia Bhat and Arjun Kapoor. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate CS Baviskar also directed Police to submit the investigation report in the matter.
The case related to All India Bac***d (AIB) Roast, a controversial event that involved hurling obscenities at celebrities, in a new genre of comedy that hasn’t gone down well with a large section of the people. In fact, a video of the event was taken down hastily by the organisers, who run a stand-up comedy company — but not before it saw a record number of views on YouTube. The ‘roast’ itself was aimed a set of ‘cool’ Bollywood personalities, who allowed themselves to be the butt of these “vulgar’ and “obscene” jokes at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on 20th January in Mumbai.
Social activist Santosh Daundkar approached the Court after the police failed to register an FIR based on his complaint. Advocate Abha Singh, counsel for Daundkar says, in this programme (AIB Roast) the comedians “blurted out pre-scripted, vulgar, pornographic and obscene jokes”.
"Of late, a large number of crimes against women are being influenced by such obscene and pornographic happenings. When we talk of women safety, it becomes the bounden duty of such Bollywood celebs to create congenial conditions rather than to make things worse," she said.
The lawyer also objected to the use of a government land leased to the NSCI for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. She said, "How could a vulgar, pornographic and obscene programme be held on a land leased out by the government on the condition that the same be used for sports, sports functions of the schools and the programmes of the Municipal Corporation."
Talking about the freedom of speech, Adv Singh said, "How could the votaries of freedom of speech justify these acts, when they have no respect for the law. If they think that law on obscenity is improper and constrains freedom of speech and expression then the right course for them is to approach the government for changing the law. On such presumptions, in a country governed by the eminent principles of "Rule of Law", these votaries of free speech cannot take law in their own hands and then utter pornographic words in front of women audience, more so at the time when the entire country is concerned with women safety."
She has urged the Mumbai Police to abide by its statutory responsibility in conducting a detailed investigation and book all the culprits who participated in this criminal conspiracy and acts done with a common intention.
Those mentioned as accused in the social activist’s complaint are:
1. Jayantilal Shah, President, NSCI
2. Ravinder Aggarwal, Secretary General, NSCI
3. Organisers of AIB Roast Programme held at the NSCI
4. Karan Johar
5. Ranvir Singh
6. Rohan Joshi
7. Tanmay Bhatt
8. Gursimran Khamba
9. Ashish Shakya
10. Aditi Mittal
11. Deepika Padukone
12. Aalia Bhatt
13. Rajeev Masand
14. Arjun Kapoor