The recently released India’s Richest Celebrity 100 list by Forbes India marks AIB’s stellar debut, ahead of celebs like Rajnikanth, Anupam Kher, Irrfan Khan and Anurag Kashyap among several others.
But those of you who thrive on an invention called the internet, know what else December has in store–a flood of round-up lists about everything ranging from celebrity earnings to the most-viewed YouTube videos of the year!
Kick-starting the series of lists, Forbes India has, much like every year, released its ‘Richest Celebrity of the Year’ list, with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan earning the top rank with annual earnings of Rs 257.5 crore.
But honestly, we’re a little bored of seeing a particular Shah Rukh Khan or a particular Salman Khan adorning the top spots at almost every possible ‘Richest Celebrity of the Year’ list.
Cut to number 68 on the list and notice All India Bakchod (AIB). Ranked 84 on the Money Rank category and 51 on the Fame Rank category, AIB is probably one of the nation’s most loved (and despised, maybe) comedy group. AIB constitutes Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, and has the reputation of (un)offending almost everyone. The group is known for its sarcastic, witty, offensive and borderline-genius content.
Having made their foray into a list that features names like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Virat Kohli, AIB’s Tanmay Bhat says, “These kind of lists are great for the ego, but honestly, nothing changes. I literally just got yelled at by my mom for not getting my haircut half an hour ago.”
Bhat added, “I don’t think my mom cares about my Forbes list; I can never yell back and say, ‘MOM WHY CAN’T YOU BE MORE LIKE FORBES!’.”
Scrolling down further on the list leads to a discovery about celebrities like Rajnikanth, Irrfan Khan and Anurag Kashyap being behind the comedy group. “I think she will unsubscribe to Forbes if she finds out we beat Rajnikanth. Also, how is that even possible? How can anyone be more popular than Rajnikanth?” wonders Tanmay.
On being asked about the reaction of the rest of the group, Bhat said that much like him, they too weren’t aware of their latest feat, “I’m going to tell them that we’re on a list ahead of Rajnikanth, and watch them beat the shit out of me ask me to fuck off.”