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All India Bakchod Is Being Probed For Their Roast Of Arjun Kapoor And Ranveer Singh

Update: What began as a police-probe regarding technicalities of the show has escalated to a larger conversation about how much irreverence India can handle.

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Reportedly, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has also issued a threat, to Johar, Kapoor, and Singh, stating that they will not release any of their films in Maharashtra unless they tender an "unconditional apology". They have also asked AIB to provide an apology.

On February 3, All India Bakchod took down all three parts of the roast from YouTube.

Have taken down AIB Knockout for now. We will speak soon.

All India Bakchod@AllIndiaBakchodFollow

Have taken down AIB Knockout for now. We will speak soon.

10:34 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

According to latest reports, Devendra Fadnavis, the chief minister of Maharashtra, has declared that if, when investigated, the AIB roast is found vulgar and legally unsound, action will be taken.

If AIB roast was vulgar and violated laws, we will act, says Maharashtra Chief Minister

NDTV@ndtvFollow

If AIB roast was vulgar and violated laws, we will act, says Maharashtra Chief Minister

7:13 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Jan. 28, Indian comedy group All India Bakchod released their roast of Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor on YouTube.

The roast was performed live in Mumbai on Dec. 20, 2014, by All India Bakchod (comprising comedians Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya, and Gursimran Khamba) along with fellow comics Aditi Mittal and Abish Mathew, film critic Rajeev Masand, former Roadies judge Raghu Ram, and director Karan Johar as the roast master (emcee). The show was watched live by an audience of about 4,000 people, with Bollywood heavyweights Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, and Alia Bhatt in the audience.
All India Bakchod / Via buzzfeed.com

The roast was performed live in Mumbai on Dec. 20, 2014, by All India Bakchod (comprising comedians Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya, and Gursimran Khamba) along with fellow comics Aditi Mittal and Abish Mathew, film critic Rajeev Masand, former Roadies judge Raghu Ram, and director Karan Johar as the roast master (emcee). The show was watched live by an audience of about 4,000 people, with Bollywood heavyweights Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, and Alia Bhatt in the audience.

Once uploaded to YouTube, the roast swiftly went viral, amassing about 9 million hits across all three parts.

On Feb. 2, multiple reports stated that police have begun an inquiry into the show, based on a complaint against Johar, Kapoor, and Singh.

Reports state that a written complaint was filed by Akhilesh Tiwari, president of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha in Mumbai, at the Sakinaka police station. It was issued because of the "filthy and obscene language" used at the AIB Knockout.

Tiwari reportedly said:

I have handed over a letter to Sakinaka police demanding a criminal complaint be lodged against these so-called youth icons Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The show, which can be seen on YouTube and other websites, was extremely abusive and it is not only ruining the clean image of the Indian culture & women, but is also misleading today's youth.

Since the filing of this report, other organisations have also begun filing police complaints against the comedy show. A Catholic group called Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum"has filed a complaint, claiming that the show was "against Christ."

All India Bakchod confirmed the probe in a tweet:

News of the probe has divided India's online community, with many tweeting solidarity for the comedy collective, and three separate AIB-related national Twitter trends in the top 10.

#AIBRoast has been trending on and off since the show was released on YouTube and "We Stand By AIB Knockout" has been trending since the police complaint was made public. "AIB National Shame" doesn't appear to relate to the probe but is trending due to Salman Khan's fans taking offence at some of the roast's content.
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#AIBRoast has been trending on and off since the show was released on YouTube and "We Stand By AIB Knockout" has been trending since the police complaint was made public. "AIB National Shame" doesn't appear to relate to the probe but is trending due to Salman Khan's fans taking offence at some of the roast's content.

India, oh India! Please surprise me some day! We Stand By AIB Knockout @AllIndiaBakchod

Raksha Bihani@rakshabihaniFollow

India, oh India! Please surprise me some day! We Stand By AIB Knockout @AllIndiaBakchod

12:53 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

By Jove! People are still talking about the #AIBRoast ! GET OVER IT!!

kaveri@ikaveriFollow

By Jove! People are still talking about the #AIBRoast !

GET OVER IT!!

12:29 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Karan Johar, his mum, @AllIndiaBakchod & Arjun-Ranveer are *adults*. #AIBRoast is meant for *adults*. Parents, monitor your kids on YouTube.

Pooja Desai@poojadesaidFollow

Karan Johar, his mum, @AllIndiaBakchod & Arjun-Ranveer are *adults*. #AIBRoast is meant for *adults*. Parents, monitor your kids on YouTube.

12:34 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#AIBRoast: Complaint filed by right wing group who say roast "ruining clean image of Indian culture & women." http://t.co/BdlDlqVX3l

Sonia Faleiro@soniafaleiroFollow

#AIBRoast: Complaint filed by right wing group who say roast "ruining clean image of Indian culture & women." http://t.co/BdlDlqVX3l

12:32 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The only police that ever arrives before time, the moral police #AIBRoast

Neeti Palta@neetipaltaFollow

The only police that ever arrives before time, the moral police #AIBRoast

10:11 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

It was a ticketed show. You had to download to watch. There were warnings at start. Don't watch then #AIBRoast @mahesh_rohira @vivekbabaji

Gargi Rawat@GargiRawatFollow

It was a ticketed show. You had to download to watch. There were warnings at start. Don't watch then #AIBRoast @mahesh_rohira @vivekbabaji

8:11 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Irony? People protesting against AIB are the same people who were preaching Freedom Of Speech some weeks before. We Stand By AIB Knockout.

Thingummy.@Meem_HyeFollow

Irony? People protesting against AIB are the same people who were preaching Freedom Of Speech some weeks before. We Stand By AIB Knockout.

11:30 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

if you dont like, do not watch, same logic will apply to We Stand By AIB Knockout

rajennair@rajennairFollow

if you dont like, do not watch, same logic will apply to We Stand By AIB Knockout

11:28 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cultural influencers also weighed in:

If they are going to probe AIB roast for abusive language, they will also need to probe every college hostel in this country.

Chetan Bhagat@chetan_bhagatFollow

If they are going to probe AIB roast for abusive language, they will also need to probe every college hostel in this country.

6:47 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Vinod Tawde, the cultural affairs minister of Maharashtra, clarified that the inquiry is only to check if AIB had the necessary permissions to put on their show, and not because of its content:

On #AIBRoast, will only enquire if the AIB had taken appropriate certificate. No moral policing if they r allowed by law, I can't stop them.

Vinod Tawde@TawdeVinodFollow

On #AIBRoast, will only enquire if the AIB had taken appropriate certificate. No moral policing if they r allowed by law, I can't stop them.

12:02 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And Ashoke Pandit, a member of the censor board, tweeted this:

Karan Johar could have easily shown his position while performing sex to his mom at home instead of making it public.#AIB Porn Show.

Ashoke Pandit@ashokepanditFollow

Karan Johar could have easily shown his position while performing sex to his mom at home instead of making it public.#AIB Porn Show.

8:32 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This comes two days after the word "Bombay" was censored out of a song and music video, just a few days after a Mumbai editor was arrested (and forced to wear a veil) for republishing Charlie Hebdo's "Je Suis Charlie" cover, and just a month after Aamir Khan's historic film PK – which is critical of India's thriving Godman industry – came under fire by members of the censor board.

All India Bakchod was unavailable for comment.

The name of the Maharashtra chief minister is Devendra Fadnavis. A previous version of this story misstated his name — we're sorry for pulling an Alia.