Sony Entertainment Television has been forced to apologise after a reference to Shivaji Maharaj in Wednesday night’s episode of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 11’.
Viewers took to Twitter to express their anger, saying it was an “insult” to not address Shivaji Chhatrapati Maharaj in the correct way. Twitter users took to the platform trending with the hashtag, #BoycottKBCSonyTV. The controversy began after viewers asked why the title ‘Chhatrapati Maharaj’ not prefixed to Shivaji. The question asked to the participant was, “Which of these rulers was the contemporary of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb?” and the four options for it were Maharana Pratap, Rana Sanga, Maharaj Ranjit Singh and Shivaji.
Sony TV tweeted an apology thereafter, “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. #KBC11”
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. #KBC11 pic.twitter.com/FLtSAt9HuN
— Sony TV (@SonyTV) November 8, 2019
Some of the tweets from users below:
This is painful…. and shameful too. This is what we are lacking, Chatrapati Shivaji did so much and we cant even respect his work , what coming generation going to learn from this? pic.twitter.com/SFAyw9zr8l
— teena khera (@teenakhera) November 8, 2019
1) KBC serial in Sony Tv shows respect
to Aurangzeb as Mugal sambrat & Shri Chattrapathi Shivaji Maharaj as 'Shivaji' mentioned. We oppose this dis respect of The great hindu king.
— Sandhya (@Sandhya48111859) November 8, 2019
#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv 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 & the worst of all Mughal rules aurangzeb being ennobled with such respect @VikasSaraswat pic.twitter.com/9UGJKaz1Tv
— Thakur Singh (@cathakursingh) November 8, 2019