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Amitabh Bachchan Apologises for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Controversy on Kaun Banega Crorepati

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Amitabh Bachchan has apologised for the recent controversy around Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Sony TV’s popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), which is hosted by Big B. Amitabh took to Twitter to say sorry to fans who have been criticising the show and demanding an apology from everyone involved. The actor tweeted, “No disrespect meant at all .. apologies if it has hurt sentiments ..” The controversy started when, on a recent episode, Amitabh asked the following question, “Which of these rulers was a contemporary of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb? A) Maharana Pratap B) Rana Sanga C) Maharaja Ranjit Singh D) Shivaji.”

Some members of the audience, along with BJP leader Nitesh Rane and Shri Rajput Karni Sena, were hurt that their Maratha warrior was only called Shivaji onscreen. Finding this disrepectful to their warrior’s legacy, they took to social media to protest and soon the hashtag #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv started trending. A Twitter user called it ‘painful’ and ‘shameful. He wrote, “This is what we are lacking,  Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did so much and we cant even respect his work , what coming generation going to learn from this?”

In response to the online protests, Sony TV immediately came forward to admit the mistake by releasing a statement, which read, “There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during Wednesday’s KBC episode, due to inadvertence. We deeply regret the same and being mindful of the sentiments of our viewers have carried a scroll expressing regret during our episode yesterday. @amitabhbachchan @001danishkhan #KBC11.”

Meanwhile, the quiz show’s producer-director, Siddharta Basu also tweeted a picture from KBC’s episode, with amendments to the name. He also wrote, “No insult or disrespect whatsoever was intended to the memory of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in a question on KBC 11. This season there have been a number of questions which have all used his name with the full title. Apologies for the inadvertent omission of title in the choice.”



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