On Air With AIB latest episode raises concern over Padmavati row, internet shutdowns

FP Staff

Mar,20 2017 14:37 52 IST

In the latest episode of On Air with AIB, the comedians of All India Bakchod (AIB) spoke about the incidents involving Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati, and the problem of Internet shutdowns ordered by the government.

On Air With AIB. Image from Facebook

On Air With AIB. Image from Facebook

They introduced Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali as a complete filmmaker because, "Uski film hai historical drama, lekin uski making hai action thriller."

They joked about how all political parties which have 'sena' in their name feel the need to slap people, referencing the incident in Jaipur when Bhansali was slapped by Karni Sena workers. To make their point, they referenced Bhansali's previous film Ram Leela, whose name had to be changed to Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram Leela, because it hurt the sentiments of certain groups.

Rohan Joshi pointed out that the ridiculousness of people who have issues with movies even before they are released. Tanmay Bhat highlighted that the romance scene in Padmavati was in the character's imagination, which makes the reactions of critics even more of an overreaction.

They called such a backlash to films a recurring problem that is capable of only increasing as time passes. They advised such groups to follow 'violence masturbation', which is not actual violence, but violence that helps you tone down by pretending to hit people.

They also took a jibe at both vigilante groups such as the Karni Sena and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by saying that if vigilante groups are allowed to decide which film will and will not release, what will the censor board do?

Next, Joshi and Gursimran Khamba discussed the Kerala government's move to make access to the Internet a fundamental right. They said that the Internet the only reason they have a career, "and also the reason we almost didn't!" (read: The roast)

They made a sly joke about the proposed Shivaji statue in the sea by saying that the amount of money incurred in losses due to Internet shutdowns could be used to build "two useless statues".

Watch the latest episode of On Air With AIB here.