New Delhi, March 13, 2015: They have been gagged. They have been prosecuted. Their offence? Their sense of humour failed to pass the test of the moral guardians of the country. Even the country’s conscious-keeping superstar did not approve of their one-liners, calling it “verbal violence”.
Yet they refuse to be silenced. The All India Bakchod (AIB) team is back, and back in style. And they have chosen the best platform to make their first public appearance after the “roast” controversy—the India Today Conclave 2015. On the second day of the Conclave, they will participate in a panel discussion titled “The Laugh-Off: Freedom of Speech and the Right to Be Roasted”.
AIB, formed by four stand-up comedians—Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Gursimran Khamba and Ashish Shakya—had performed a comedy show “All India Bakchod Knockout Championship” for charity, along with film director Karan Johar, and actors Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor. The show was organised for a private audience of 4,000 on December 20, 2014, in Mumbai. It was uploaded on AIB’s YouTube channel in January. When it went viral instantly, the AIB were later forced to remove the videos as the show was deemed offensive by religious groups and activists. A PIL was filed in the Bombay High Court seeking action against the organisers of the show for “using obscene, vulgar and indecent language in public and also uploading video of the same for making it available to the public at large”.
Not to be bogged down, the four funny men have already promised that they will be back with another kickass show. Watch out for shock and awe and loads of laughter at the new comedy central of the Conclave.
India Today Conclave Started as part of India Today’s 25th anniversary, INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE was designed as a meeting point for the best minds from India and around the world to map the geopolitical and economic future of the country. In its inaugural year the theme was India Tomorrow 2002: Opportunities and Threats with Vice President of the USA Al Gore as the chief Guest. In its second year the theme is India Tomorrow 2003: Global giant or Pygmy? With the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States,presiding as the keynote speaker. The past 13 conclaves have been widely acclaimed and popular for the quality of speakers and discussion. The speakers who have been part of this conference each year are current and former heads of state, Nobel Laureates, spiritual leaders, industry captains, social workers, economists, authors, academicians, scientist, strategists, activists, cine directors, actors and sportspersons.