AIB's Tanmay Bhat, Aditi Mittal go all out against TVF over Arunabh Kumar molestation row

Aditi Mittal and Tanmay Bhatt of All India Bakchod (AIB) have spoken against Arunabh Kumar and The Viral Fever (TVF) after the sexual harassment controversy.

Soon after cases started to pile up against The Viral Fever CEO Arunabh Kumar, the web-based production house was widely criticised on social media. Joining the bandwagon was comedian Aditi Mittal following which, All India Bakchod (AIB) founder Tanmay Bhat too stood up against the TVF founder. Earlier, an anonymous blog post on Medium, alleging sexual harassment in the TVF office by Arunabh had gone viral. The viral post prompted other women to come out and speak against incidents of molestation at TVF.

After the blog titled The Indian Uber – That Is TVF had gone viral, TVF went on the defensive and completely rubbish any and all allegations against them. People questioned the authenticity of the post that is until two other women raised their voice against their dehumanising experience at TVF.

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While filmmaker Reema Sengupta wrote on Facebook about her experience working with Arunabh. “In the middle of the shoot, he touches my shoulder tattoo and tells me he finds it sexy,” she stated. A former TVF employee Aayushi Aggarwal said, “I hope things have worked out for you. It (TVF) is indeed no place for a woman. I would never recommend anybody to work there.”

According to the Mumbai Mirror, in his reply to Sengupta’s Facebook post he said, “The kind of insinuations the FB post makes are untrue. I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong? Having said that, I am very particular about my behaviour – I will approach a woman, but never force myself.”

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An outraged Aditi Mittal bashed TVF and the people defending them in a series of tweets. She tweeted, “why are there more than 9 women/young girls with this claim? How is everyone coming out to tell a concerted lie AT THE SAME TIME?”

AIB’s founder Tanmay Bhat defended the women who spoke against competitor comedic organisation The Viral Fever. “Startups, or any company, have a responsibility to do sexual harassment training, sensitivity training, set up a committee to deal with this,” he said.

Earlier, TVF’s Nidhi Bisht defend her organisation, stating that she herself had never felt unsafe at the office. She denied the allegations set by the blogger when the anonymous post first went viral.

However, soon after several other testimonials claimed to have had similar experiences at TVF, Bisht changed her stand and said that cases of sexual harassment should not be tolerated.

While Arunabh has denied the allegations as well, he has pushed for an investigation and he says that if proven guilty, then he should be persecuted.