Amazon Prime drops comic Gursimran Khamba from new show after #MeToo allegations

Story by Arijit Saha with inputs from NDTV

November 15,2018

Chennai: Comic Gursimran Khamba involved in allegations of sexual harassment will no longer be part of the original series on Amazon.com INC’S video streaming service.

Gursimran Khamba, a co-founder of popular comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB), was accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous woman on social media last month. She accused him of “emotional blackmail” and of trying to force himself on her. Khamba has denied any wrongdoing.

 

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At the time,Khamba was the show runner and the creator of a politically satirical show called Gormint. It was a show that AIB was producing for Amazon Prime Video along with talent and event management firm Only Much Louder(OML).

“Khamba is not attached to the project at this point,” Vijay Subramaniam, director and head of content at Amazon Prime Video India, told Reuters in an interview.

The #MeToo campaign has rocked India’s entertainment industry. Prime Video’s global rival Netflix Inc was also drawn into the controversy after the lead writer of the show Sacred Games was accused of sexual harassment.

Netflix has since said it conducted an independent probe following which it would continue to work with the writer, Varun Grover.

Subramniam said Amazon was keen to resuscitate the Gormint project.

“We are focused on putting the project back together. It’s an incredibly witty and well-written show, and we remain super excited about being able to bring it to life,” he said.
The show was earlier due to star actor Irrfan Khan.However Khan was pulled out of the show in August after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor.