#MeToo India has just begun and some of the big names of the industry are making the headlines for all the wrong reason. After sexual harassment allegations against two of the founding members of All India Bakchod - Gursimran Khamba and Tanmay Bhatt, the popular video streaming OTT platform Hotstar have canceled their deal with AIB.
On Air with AIB 3 premiered on September 24th, 2018
Started in 2015, On Air with AIB is a topical comedy news show that tries to create comedy with tragedy. However, after such serious allegation, Season 3 which had recently started has now been canceled. Roshan Joshi shared and confirmed the news on his Instagram stories.
Rohan's stories read:
"We have been informed by the team at Hotstar that there will be no further episodes of On Air With AIB, effective immediately."
"I want to thank every single person who has ever worked on the show in any capacity, from every last set assistant to anyone who ever wrote a single word on it. If you see On Air on someone's CV, hire 'em. You won't be disappointed."
"I would also like to thank the team at Star for their support over the year. Also, much love to anyone who ever watched an episode, and especially the show's loyal fans. Thank you all, crew and audience alike, for letting me live out a boyyhood dream; My own news comedy show. It has been one of th defining experiences of my life"
With no further delay, video streaming platform, Hotstar also posted an official statement on Twitter about the same.
Here's what Hotstar's tweet read:
"In light of recent events involving AIB, we are cancelling the production of On Air with AIB Season 3, with immediate effect. We are deeply concerned by these developments, which run contrary to our values as a responsible platform, and will not stand by anything that compromises the respect or safety of women."
For all of you who have no idea how things took such an early turn; it all started when AIB writer and stand-up comedian Utsav Chakraborty was accused of sending explicit images to a number of women on social media, both co-founders of AIB - Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba, have been accused, of mental harassment by an anonymous woman, who knew them on a personal level.
While this unknown woman claims that Khamba forced him upon her, Khamba has denied any such allegations. Tanmay Bhat, on the other hand, AIB has been asked to step away from his association with the company until further notice. They also placed Khamba on a temporary leave of absence.