If Mughal emperor Aurangzeb can be addressed as Samrat, why should Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj be referred to as Shivaji? A section Kaun Banega Crorepati viewers on social media, along with BJP leader Nitesh Rane and Shri Rajput Karni Sena, raised protest over a KBC question where the Maratha warrior ruler was simply referred to as Shivaji. As #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv started trending on social media, Sony TV -- which airs the show -- came out to publicly admit mistake. Now, host Amitabh Bachchan has publicly apologized on Twitter.
Amit Ji tweeted, "No disrespect meant at all .. apologies if it has hurt sentiments .."
No disrespect meant at all .. apologies if it has hurt sentiments .. https://t.co/ynPav4DYfO
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 8, 2019
The channel authorities had also admitted their mistake. On Thursday evening's episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati, the channel authorities ran a ticker, which read: "There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during yesterday's episode, due to inadvertence. We deeply regret the same."
Earlier, BJP leader Nitesh Rane demanded an apology from KBC, failing which he has allegedly threatened the show would have no lifeline left. Also, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena had submitted a letter to Mumbai's Bangur Nagar Police Station demanding action against the KBC management and asking for a written apology from Sony channel.