Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actress Munmun Dutta apologises for using casteist slur 'unintentionally' in video; Neeraj Ghaywan hits back

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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's actress Munmun Dutta is quite active on social media. A few months ago, Munmun, who is better known as Babita from the sitcom, started her own YouTube channel. In her recent video, the actress was talking about make-up and made use of a casteist slur. Munmun referred to a particular community and said she wouldn’t want to look like them. Soon after the video went viral, netizens demanded her arrest on social media. Amid the outrage, Munmun issued a statement apologising for using a casteist slur and said it was misinterpreted. 

"This is in reference to a video that I posted yesterday where in one word used by me has been misinterpreted. It was never said with the intent to insult, intimidate, humiliate or hurt anyone's feelings. Because of my language barrier, I was genuinely misinformed about the meaning of the word. Once I was made aware of its meaning I immediately took the part down. I have utmost respect for every single person from every caste, creed or gender and acknowledge their immense contribution to our Society or nation. I sincerely would like to apologize to every single person who has been unintentionally hurt by the usage of the word," the statement by Munmun read. 

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However, filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan refused to accept Munmun's apology. He tweeted, "“Has been misinterpreted”? “Never said it with intent to hurt”? There is no other interpretation! You said the B word and there is no way to cover it up. Apologise and shut up."

In the middle of the outrage, Munmun pulled down the video from YouTube. But much before that, the portion where she used the casteist slur went viral on social media. 

(Source: Twitter/Instagram)

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