For a few years the All India Bakchod, a creative agency based in Mumbai enjoyed the much popularity. However, news is that the company lead by Tanmay Bhat, Gursimranjeet Singh Khamba, Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi has come to a halt. As per the post shared by AIB on their Facebook page, they have declared their creative agency as ‘dead’. The statement uploaded by them reads, “We had to let our office space and entire team go overnight. Production, creative, administration, all of it... the AIB YouTube channel is for all intents and purposes, dead for the foreseeable future -- there will be no new sketches anytime soon.” They also announced that Gursimran Khamba has been sacked from AIB after he withdrew from sexual harassment inquiry, also Tanmay has been removed as the company's CEO and has been demoted from his position.
Here’s the post shared by AIB on their social media page…
After this major announcement, Tanmay posted a heartfelt note on his Instagram account. The comic artist wrote, “I am deeply sorry to my colleagues who’ve had to go through immense stress that I feel responsible for. I realise that in the past, I’ve failed to live up to ideals that I've propagated myself, and my resolve is to ensure that this never happens again. In any leadership capacity in the future I will strive to build spaces in which women feel welcomed, valued, safe, heard and nurtured. To those who continue to have faith in me — thank you for giving me this invaluable opportunity to change and grow.”
View this post on Instagram
The hardest part about everything that has happened in the last 8 months is to come to terms with my own failings as a leader and as an individual. But I know that owning up, being vulnerable, and taking responsibility are the only ways to move forward. I am deeply sorry for the distress I’ve caused to my friends, and anyone affected by my actions. I am deeply sorry to my colleagues who’ve had to go through immense stress that I feel responsible for. I realise that in the past, I’ve failed to live up to ideals that I've propagated myself, and my resolve is to ensure that this never happens again. I ask that you believe my intentions in good faith while holding me to my words. If I make any lapses in judgement in the future, I welcome critique and accountability from followers of my work, both men and women. In any leadership capacity in the future I will strive to build spaces in which women feel welcomed, valued, safe, heard and nurtured. I am committing to a daily process of unlearning, rewiring, and learning. To those who continue to have faith in me — thank you for giving me this invaluable opportunity to change and grow. I want to now look forward and let my actions prove my growth. Thank you.
AIB began in 2012, with Tanmay Bhat and Gursimranjeet Singh Khamba starting a podcast called All India Bakchod in Mumbai. Later Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya joined the duo. As a group they started performing stand up, filming sketches, and creating branded content. The co-founders have often also worked as hosts, actors, screenwriters, and columnists.
View this post on Instagram
Interestingly, soon after AIB declared Gursimran’s oust from their group, Khamba announced his brand new venture. On his Instagram page he wrote, “The silver lining, however, is that through all of this. I got a chance to reflect and think about what I’m truly passionate about, who I want to work with and what I’d want the next chapter of my life to be. With that - I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new venture Light@27!” He also said that he was unhappy that the committee constituted against him (by the AIB to overlook his sexual harassment case) was neither a court/ tribunal nor an internal complaints committee set up under the POSH Act.Read More