Maharashtra government orders inquiry into “offensive” comedy show


Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Monday ordered an inquiry into a comedy show held here even as police launched a probe following a complaint against filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, among others, for allegedly using “filthy and abusive language” during the event.

“Officials of the Culture Department will examine the (AIB show) videos for the content. If found vulgar, an action will be initiated,” Maharashtra Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters here.


Mumbai Police also initiated an inquiry following a complaint against Johar, Kapoor and Singh, which alleged that the trio, along with other comedians, had used abusive language during the AIB Knockout, a comedy show, held in December last year at Worli in the city.


According to the written complaint by Akhilesh Tiwari, president of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha in Mumbai, filed at Sakinaka police station today, the trio, along with other performers, had allegedly passed abusive and offensive remarks against one another and at the audience present there, police said.


The episode on YouTube had social media abuzz with Kapoor and Singh being openly criticised. The event was hosted by Johar.