The Mumbai court’s order directing that an FIR be filed against comedy collective AIB and several Bollywood stars and personalities for the “obscene, vulgar and pornographic” AIB Knockout Show held in Mumbai on December 20 appears to have split the film industry down the middle.
Those named in the FIR include filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, among others.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, father of Alia Bhatt who was part of the show audience, believes there is a conspiracy at play. “Alia was a participant and also subjected to the humour. The FIR names Deepika Padukone and Alia among the participants. Why not the other 3,998 attendees of the show? More importantly, if it names celebrities in the audience, why not Sonakshi Sinha,” he asked, drawing links to the latter’s actor father and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. Sonakshi was also seated in the audience and subjected to similar jokes by the show’s participants. “Clearly, certain forces are orchestrating this series of events. The answer is in my question,” he said.