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The Watchables: On Air With AIB

*tragedy me comedy tragedy me comedy tragedy me comedy*

You have got to be kidding me if you say that you still are not familiar with this tune or the show. But, if you are not, my writing of this article doesn’t go waste! Yay!

So, let’s talk about On Air With AIB. It is a random show that airs on Hotstar app every Thursday and on Star World and Star Plus every Sunday night. It is hosted by our very own Roast guys who were threatened big time for their awesomely conducted and incredibly funny roast of a few Bollywood stars aka All India Bakchod. The show in English is hosted by Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya and the one in Hindi is done by Tanmay Bhatt and Gursimran Khamba. All in front of a live audience (not paid).

The show happens to be a news comedy which is a less popular format of fishing out news in our country and hasn’t always been in the limelight. But, do these guys know anything else? No. What’s the catch? They don’t cuss as much as they would in their YouTube videos. They kinda, almost, don’t.

You may ask that what is AIB left about it then if they don’t cuss, I’d then say that you’re not an AIB fan then. Cussing was just a style to convey their message. Have you watched their video called “Rape: It’s you fault” or “Save the Internet” or “Unoffended” or etc? So, this is what their style is.

Now, let’s start talking about the episodes in order because they are the exact reasons why should watch this show (In both Hindi and English).

Episode 1: Why be Good?

Named as Zabaan Sambhal Ke in Hindi, the show talked about the plight of Whistleblowers and raised some very serious questions about the kind of security they get.  The witness protection act just doesn’t work right because as we all know, people kept dying under “mysterious circumstances” every single day when the Vyapam Scam had just burst out in its full glory.  If you don’t know what’s Vyapam Scam, here’s an image from the episode.

Episode 2: Aag-The Fire

Fire Safety in India has never been an issue. Simply because it doesn’t exist. You think it does, think twice. Think Thrice. And then watch this episode as they have so many proofs for the otherwise argument. But, the best part of the show was the one where they roped in a person who has been so *severely burned* by fire that he was, tragically, not so tragically, the best person who could give us advice about fire safety. Here are a few images from that one.

Episode 3: Zabaan Sambhal Ke

Aka Cop Blocked, the Episode raised an issue a lot of us have faced at one point or the other. The brutality of cops, the supreme power that they hold, and how they can get away with almost anything. No kidding. They also covered the recent Bihar elections and we all know how that one went. *winks winks*

The episode’s Can you Not section also pointed out the level of innocence us Indians posses. The kind that makes us fall every year, year after year, for that image of Indian Map that says “This is how India looks on a Diwali night, image taken by NASA”. No. Just NO.

Episode 4: Space The Final Frontier

They called it “Thoda Adjust Karo” in Hindi and talked about the vanishing public spaces in our country.

Take Mahalakshmi Race Course for example, it’s an “exclusive” place for the “elite”. But do you know that it was initially registered as a recreational centre and therefore, should’ve been available for the public but we know what happened to that recreation, don’t we? And this is just Mumbai, the condition in Bangalore- The city of Lakes is that they’re catching fire. Yes. Water bodies catching fire.

But worry no more. Since, we have no more public spaces to hang around, our dear AIB has given us a website: Check it out and have fun looking at those public spaces we’re never gonna have. *winks* *what a pun Aaya fun*

And this is not all, they also had a surprise talk about Phalaj Nihalani and his Modi video. For God’s sake just watch that episode to know about that. I can’t write about it. It’s bloody hilarious.

Now that you’ve had your four episode binge, I’ll sign off and wait eagerly for the next one which will air tomorrow. What are they going to talk about? Leave your ideas in the comments.




-Apurva Jain

Apurva Jain

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