AIB Founders go their separate ways; Gursimran Khamba launches new venture
All India Bakchod (AIB) the content house founded by standup comics, Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, known for its comedy sketches and unique satire released a statement on their official Twitter handle.
The statement read, “After the events of early October, things moved fast. Almost all our partners hit freeze on future associations, while others pulled out of active projects effective immediately.”
The statement further said, “We had to let our office space and entire team go overnight.”
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In 2018, AIB writer and comedian, Utsav Chakraborthy came under the scanner during the #MeToo India movement for allegations of sexual harassment. AIB Founder Tanmay Bhatt drew a lot of criticism for his ‘lapse of judgement’ regarding Utsav Chakraborthy which it termed ‘egregious’ in the statement. Following the turn of events, Tanmay Bhatt stepped down as CEO of AIB.
Gursimran Khamba who was under investigation by an External Committee (EC) brought in to look into complaints of #MeToo allegations against him has stepped away from the process and henceforth will no longer be involved in operations at AIB.
“Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya will continue to manage remaining affairs at AIB but will also be pursuing solo interests in the coming future” said the statement.
Going forward the content house will no longer be releasing content on their YouTube channel for the foreseeable future.
Gursimran Kham opened up about the issue on his Instagram handle stating the procedural lapses in the enquiry process led him to withdraw his voluntary participation. He maintains that he is happy to cooperate with any committee that is constituted fairly and follows the principles of natural justice.
He went on to announce his new venture Light@27 which is calls a ‘comedy consultancy’ that offers content and strategy solutions across live and digital media.