All India Bakchod are in Dubai tomorrow to present the ‘Indian Razzies’, says Afshan Ahmed

Handout photos of The Royal Turds. Story by Afshan Ahmed, A&L, May 2014.CREDIT: Courtesy Royal Turds
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The Indian version of the Razzie Awards is coming to Dubai tomorrow, courtesy of the comedy troupe All India Bakchod (AIB).

Commendable performances in Bollywood are honoured at the Filmfare, IIFA and Stardust awards every year. But what about the worst in Bollywood?

These excruciating movies demand special mention, and this is where the stage production The Royal Turds comes in.

“It’s a great thing that Bollywood makes bad movies,” says Tanmay Bhat, a comedian and the co-founder of AIB. “In any industry that is making about 900 to 1,000 crores annually, you’ll always have people to make fun of.”

AIB, the trendsetters in comedy podcasts in India, launched the show last year to name and humorously shame the “trash” that Bollywood puts out each year.

Bhat, along with his partners-in-crime Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, nominate the worst films of 2013 in several categories, put up sketches of actors and even perform a parody song.

The troupe has staged 11 shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Bangalore, and will make their international debut in the Emirates this weekend.

“Bollywood is getting better year by year, but that does not mean there isn’t trash out there,” says Bhat, who set up AIB with Khamba in 2012. “While you have better movies coming out, the people who make bad films continue to do so.”

But Bhat thanks this category of filmmakers for supplying inexhaustible fodder for his standup material.

Bhat believes the show is an interesting exercise in gauging not just the audience relationship with movies, but how professionals in the film industry view quality work.

“It is just our observation of trends and the kind of work coming out of Bollywood,” says Bhat. “The actors who come to watch us know what they are in for. Alia Bhatt [the star of the blockbuster romantic comedy 2 States, currently playing in the UAE] came to see our show in Bombay this year. She didn’t come last year because she was in Student of the Year and that was nominated in The Royal Turds. She was careful about that,” he says with a laugh.

• The Royal Turds will be performed at The Oberoi Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, at 8pm on Friday. Tickets cost from Dh150 and can be booked on www.itp.net/tickets/

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