Amitabh Bachchan’s Controversial Question from KBC Contestant Sparks #Boycott_KBC_SonyTV Hashtag

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been all over the news on completing five decades in Indian cinema. The 77-year-old actor has now come under flak for his reality TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). Amitabh reportedly asked a rather controversial question from a hot-seat contestant named Shaheda Chandran and that did not sit well with Twitter users. Since the episode aired on Sony TV, Twitter has been abuzz with the hashtag #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv that has spread like wildfire on the micro-blogging site, with netizens urging the channel to take down the show for good. In one of his questions, Amitabh referred to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb as ‘Samrat’ and ‘Emperor’ and referred to Chhatrapati Shivaji as just ‘Shivaji’.

Social media users have criticised Amitabh for disprespecting the Maratha ruler and given immense importance to Aurangzeb. Amitabh’s question was: Which of these rulers was the contemporary of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb? The contestant was required to choose from four options as per the show’s usual format:  Maharana Pratap, Rana Sanga, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Shivaji. Others found the ‘Shivaji’ reference to be too derogatory for a “Great Hindu King.”

“Bharat (India) is land of valiant Hindu Kings & warriors who fought back barbaric Islamic invasions. No one has right to insult such great personalities!” wrote one furious user. Another added, “One of the main objectives of Aurangzeb’s policy was to demolish Hindu temples! And many brutal objectives. So, how can KBC call him ‘Samrat’.” Urging for the complete boycott of KBC, one penned, “This is really sad. The one who did so much sacrifices and what we are returning to him? This is justified? This is what we are supposed to do? Betray our leaders?” Some even went to the extent of saying that they have no respect for Amitabh anymore. “My respect for the show & the anchor has taken a huge dip when i see that the respectable #ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj is denigrated by being called by first name only and the worst of all Mughal rule’s Aurangzeb being ennobled with such respect.”

Here is a list of the backlash KBC has been receiving on Twitter:

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