Yesterday, comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB) announced that it would no longer remain associated with founding member Gursimran Khamba. Moments later, Khamba, accused of sexual harassment, declared that he would be starting a new journey of his own.
Through a social media update, Khamba shared, "The past seven months have been extremely challenging, but eye-opening for both my family and me. An allegation was made by someone with whom I shared a deep personal relationship. Since the allegation surfaced, an informal complaints committee was set up under the POSH ACT. Nevertheless, because I had nothing to hide, I voluntarily chose to participate and began by extending all possible cooperation to this committee."
AIB, in a statement, mentioned that Khamba, citing lapses in the committee formed to investigate allegations, bailed out. Khamba responded to AIB's post, "However, this process, which lasted four months, was replete with procedural lapses and did not follow principles of natural justice. Despite my repeated request to follow due process, these lapses continued. At this stage, I requested the committee to recuse itself and a fresh committee be constituted. My request was denied and hence, I was left with no choice but to withdraw from the enquiry. Till date, I maintain that I am happy to co-operate with any committee that is constituted fairly and follows the principles of natural justice."
AIB said it was all but over for them as they ran out of revenue. Khamba, however, found a silver lining to look up to. "Through all of this, I got a chance to reflect and think about what I am 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 wrote.
"Light@27 is a comedy consultancy offering content and strategy solutions across live and digital media. My team and I have a host of exciting long-form content projects in the pipeline - details of which I will be sharing with you soon. Why Lights@27? When I started doing stand-up, I always did 30-minute sets. And minute 27 was when I asked for the stage light to be shown - acting as a prompt for me to launch into my strongest act. It's now time to launch into that act," Khamba concluded.
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