Bigg Boss 14: Viacom 18 apologises for Jaan Kumar Sanu's "objectionable comment"

Bigg Boss 14: Viacom 18 apologises for Jaan Kumar Sanu's "objectionable comment"

Bigg Boss is one reality show that is known to attract controversies and this year is no different. One big controversy at the moment is regarding the insult of "Marathi language" by a contestant in the show. The contestant is none other than Jaan Kumar Sanu, son of popular singer Kumar Sanu.

In Tuesday episode, Jaan Kumar Sanu had an argument with Rahul Vaidya and Nikki Tamboli and during this heated discussion, he can be seen blurting out, "that if they wish to speak with him, then don't talk in Marathi".  The clip of him saying this has been posted on social media and has gone viral. This statement has not gone down well with both MNS and Shiv Sena. Under these circumstances, Viacom 18 Media Private Limited has issued an apology letter for Jaan's "objectionable comment".

The apology letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Viacom 18 has shared: “We hereby apologise if we have inadvertently hurt the feelings of the people of Maharashtra due to the broadcast of the same comment in relation to the Marathi language”. They also mentioned that the objectionable part has been removed from all future broadcasts.  

The channel also aired an apology by Jaan Kumar Sanu in Wednesday's episode. In that clip, Jaan mentions that he did not mean any harm and even apologized for this grave error.

 Jaan's mother Rita Bhattacharya too has issued a statement which reads: "I request everyone to please treat this as a game and not attach their personal agendas with it. When Jaan, Rahul Vaidya and Nikki were together that time Nikki and Rahul were talking in Marathi which Jaan didn't understand that's why he requested them to avoid talking in Marathi because he thought they are talking about him. Please analyse the situation and then come to a conclusion."

She further adds, "How can he insult the Marathi language? We are staying in Maharashtra since so many years, it's been more than 30 to 35 years now. Maharashtra has given so much love and respect to his father (singer) Kumar Sanu ji. Such bizarre assumptions are causing a lot of unnecessary stress. The host of the show Salman Khan has clearly said that sirf Hindi bhasha ka prayog kare (only use Hindi language). In I knew Shri late Bal Thackeray ji and I know Uddhav Thackeray ji very well. How can we insult Maharashtra? They are family. Will you appreciate if Jaan starts talking in Bengali and for that matter, each and every contestant starts talking in their state language? Please let him be, he is a kid, a child, don't trouble him. We salute Maharashtra". 

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Amey Khopkar has issued a warning against Jaan Kumar Sanu. Khopkar has claimed that such a statement is derogatory and disrespectful towards the Marathi language. He even demanded an apology for the same and if Jaan Kumar Sanu does not issue an apology within 24 hours, then shooting of Bigg Boss 14 will be stopped."

Khopkar added, "If one has to stay in Maharashtra then you have to respect the Marathi language."

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