AIB is up for another celebrity roast

11 mil­lion peo­ple saw the roast on YouTube in just two days. You think peo­ple didn’t like it?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com Gur­sim­ran Khamba (left), AIB co-founder

Comic group AIB dealt with FIRs, trolls and abuses when they did a roast of ac­tors Ran­veer Singh, Ar­jun Kapoor, and film­maker Karan Jo­har ear­lier this year. How­ever, when we caught up with two of the group’s mem­bers on their re­cent Delhi visit, they said that they won’t mind do­ing another celeb roast.

“Yeah, sure ... why not!” said AIB mem­ber Rohan Joshi, when we asked him if the group is open to do­ing another roast. “I don’t know where this thing about it be­ing a flop came from. I mean, 11 mil­lion peo­ple saw it on YouTube in just two days. You think peo­ple didn’t like it?” said the group’s co-founder Gur­sim­ran Khamba, re­fer­ring to the crit­i­cism sur­round­ing the roast, that many felt was vul­gar and vi­o­lated laws.

The two point out that the roast was ac­tu­ally their big­gest hit. “When you know illegal copies of the roast are be­ing sold for one hun­dred bucks, then you know peo­ple are watch­ing it and lik­ing it as well. It’s the only thing in our life that has been worth tor­rent­ing. And that’s no mean feat,” laughs Joshi.

The group even drew flak from the film in­dus­try, in­clud­ing ac­tors Aamir Khan, Mal­lika Sher­awat and Farida Jalal, but they main­tain that they will not change their style for any­one. “It’s a zero-sum game ... if you try to pro­duce con­tent from one per­son’s per­spec­tive, it does not give any guar­an­tee that ev­ery­one else will also like it. We can’t con­trol peo­ple. Our job is to be funny, and we do ev­ery­thing that we think makes us funny,” says Khamba.

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