Written bySagar Malik
Writer-comedian Tanmay Bhat has been a part of India's comedy scene for a long time now.
But ever since the #MeToo movement engulfed his company All India Bakchod, he has been on a backfoot.
And, now in a series of Instagram videos, he revealed that he's suffering from clinical depression and is unlikely to make comeback anytime soon.
Here's more on what he said.
In wake of the #MeToo wave last year, Bhat's high-rising comedy start-up, All India Bakchod (AIB) faced major controversy when several allegations of sexual misconduct against company co-founders/employees surfaced.
Also, the company's YouTube channel was shut for "foreseeable future."
Revealing that he has been suffering from clinical depression and is on medication, Tanmay said that AIB's downfall took a dramatic toll on his health.
"After everything that happened in October, I'm mentally checked out. I feel almost paralyzed and unable to participate socially, online or even offline," he can be heard saying in the video.
Although Tanmay said that he's not sure when he would be back to work, he took the opportunity to thank his fans and supporters.
"It's nice to know there are still people out there who are rooting for us and me," he said.
"But at some point I just got to get up and start fixing this stuff," he concluded.
Meanwhile, last month, AIB had announced that there would be no new comedy-sketches coming out anytime soon.
Sharing the post, Bhat apologized, saying, "I am deeply sorry for the distress I've caused... I've failed to live up to ideals that I've propagated myself, and my resolve is to ensure that this never happens again."
Notably, there were speculations that Tanmay might make a comeback on Prime Video's stand up comedy show, Comicstaan's second season. But he has denied his involvement with the new show.
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