To Roast or not to Roast
Features Friday, February 06, 2015 - 05:30
By Vaishnavi Vittal As I watched the All India Bakchod (AIB) Roast, I laughed at portions, some parts left me shocked and scandalised, while others made me feel uncomfortable. As I sat thinking about it over the next few days and reading about the bouquets and brickbats, I realised I had several problems with it. While I understand that the show was not intended to hurt anyone, it should go unsaid that we are sensitive people. And for a good part of the country (including myself) who had no idea about insult comedy, this was truly scandalizing. For starters, I am not okay with the (liberal) usage of curse words. It's like saying, "It's cool to use curse words". I don't think it's cool to use curse words. It's one thing to exchange obscenities with friends but to do it on a public platform and then promote the same is not cool at all. I'm sure you can be funny without using expletives. And then there is the infamous Deepika Padukone digs. It's really confusing to think that she fought vociferously against a media publication for focusing on her cleavage and is now seen sitting in the front row, laughing her heart out at the AIB, when someone said something to the effect of, 'The last best thing Ranveer Singh has been in is Deepika Padukone'. I read somewhere that the organisers of the show asked for prior consent from those who were basically going to be insulted. If this is indeed true, then did they specifically tell them what exactly was going to be said about them? Did they get them to sign an agreement? If this isn't true, then how exactly did Deepika Padukone feel sitting there? Was she faking all that laughter? Was she okay with it since it was all meant to be done in good humour? Was she okay with it because she belongs to the film industry and happens to know the Roasters? I don't know. And I would like to know. Then there is the Farida Jalal portion. About Karan Johar jerking off every time he sees her in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. A news report says she has lodged a complaint against the organisers and that she was not consulted before the show (like the others were. Again, this has not been independently verified by myself). This was a no-brainer. Of course someone would have taken offense to this. One could argue why an Amitabh Bachchan or a Salman Khan was not mentioned. Why Farida Jalal. [I also have a big problem with Raghu Ram, host of Mtv Roadies. I don't understand why he does what he does. And gets paid to do it. And again, people find him cool. I definitely don't. I don't want some random guy screaming at me for some nonsense so-called reality show. I don't want any guy screaming at me. Period. I miss the old Mtv where you could call Nikhil Chinappa and request a song] Several arguments are being made now - it's insulting to women, it's degrading, offensive, not our culture, porn - most of them are extreme. And that's what got me thinking. Because I both liked it and didn't like it.There were portions I thoroughly enjoyed. And there were portions that left me annoyed. For example, when Karan Johar and Ranveer Singh spoke about sexual positions, I think that was funny, mainly because it was about themselves and not about anyone else. But I definitely had problems with some of the Deepika Padukone portions and of course the Farida Jalal one. Kamaal R Khan says that people get annoyed with him when he refers to them as 2Rs people but that everyone seems to be ok with this Roast. He probably has a valid point. But arguments against him will only pile up, because of the mostly stupid things this man says and does. Many such people have come out defending things they have done and made even more stupid statements in the process of responding to the Roast. With some politicians and groups speaking out against the Roast, people have compared it to lack of action against rapists and prevention of rapes. It's a fair argument to make. But the Roast needs to be seen independently. Why justify anything by comparing it to inaction against rapists or lack of safety measures for women? That also needs to be looked at, but shouldn't ideally have anything to do with a Roast. Should there be another Roast? I don't know. Things said about Deepika Padukone and Farida Jalal make me uncomfortable. Are there different formats to insult comedy? Does insult comedy have to include the use of bad language? Does insult comedy have to include sexual innuendos? Where do you draw the line? Does there even have to be a line? Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this articles are the personal opinions of the author. The News Minute is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information in this article. The information, facts or opinions appearing in this article do not reflect the views of The News Minute and The News Minute does not assume any liability on the same. Tweet
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