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#MeToo effect: Amazon Prime removes AIB co-founder Gursimran Khamba from Gormint

Mumbai: Gursimran Khamba who is in allegations of sexual misconduct will no longer be the showrunner for an original series on Amazon’s video streaming service, a top Amazon executive said on Wednesday.

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
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

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.

Gursimran Khamba embroiled in allegations of sexual misconduct will no longer be the showrunner for an original series on Amazon.com Inc’s video streaming service

AIB has since placed Khamba on a temporary leave of absence. At the time, Khamba was the showrunner and creator of Gormint, a political satire that AIB was producing for Amazon Prime Video along with talent and event management firm Only Much Louder (OML).

The #MeToo campaign has shaken India's entertainment industry. Prime Video's global rival Netflix was also drawn in after allegations were made against a lead writer of its first India original
The #MeToo campaign has shaken India’s entertainment industry. Prime Video’s global rival Netflix was also drawn in after allegations were made against a lead writer of its first India original “Sacred Games”.

Tanmay Bhat, another co-founder, has also stepped down from the group after admitting that he continued to work with another colleague in spite of being aware of accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

Gormint is a localised form of the word ‘government’. “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.

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.

Amazon has so far launched five original shows in India, with a sixth, gritty crime drama Mirzapur, streaming on the platform from Friday.

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