Salman Khan can breathe a sigh of relief after Colors TV moved with lightning speed to issue an extraordinary apology to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for disparaging references to the Marathi language during a Bigg Boss episode. This was after the ruling Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena threatened to stop the shooting of Bigg Boss if the makers of the controversial show did not issue an apology. The Shiv Sena had even urged the government to cancel the shooting permission for Bigg Boss. Faced with growing outrage, Mukesh Ambani-owned Colors TV issued an extraordinary apology, adding that it has also removed the controversial utterances by contestant Jaan Kumar, who is the son of legendary Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu.
Addressing Uddhav Thackeray, Colors TV said in a statement, “We have received objections regarding the reference to Marathi language during the episode broadcasted on 27 October 2020 on Colors channel. We have taken note of these objections and have taken corrective measures of removing the said part from all future broadcasts of the episode.”
The statement continued, “We hereby apologize if we have inadvertently hurt the feelings of the people of Maharashtra due the broadcast of the said comment in relation to Marathi language. We value the audience and the patronage of the Marathi speaking audience and respect all languages of India in the same manner.”
The Communication wing of the Shiv Sena took to Twitter to share the statement issued by Colors TV.
बिग बॉस शोमधील एका स्पर्धकाने केलेल्या मराठी भाषेच्या अवमान प्रकरणी शिवसेना चित्रपट सेना, युवासेना आणि शिवसेनेचे प्रवक्ते @PratapSarnaik जी यांनी घेतलेल्या आक्षेपानंतर कलर्स वाहिनीने शिवसेना पक्षप्रमुख, मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांना पत्र लिहून जाहीर माफी मागितली. pic.twitter.com/6VqTjoVcdK
— Shivsena Communication (@ShivsenaComms) October 28, 2020
In the episode broadcast on 27 October, Jaan was seen admonishing a female contestant because of her decision to speak in Marathi. He told the contestant, “If you have guts, then speak to me in Hindi. Don’t speak in Marathi. I get irritated (by this language).”
— Aroh Velinkar (@AVelinkar) October 28, 2020
Bigg Boss is broadcast on Colors TV with Salman Khan as its host. According to the show’s rules, contestants are only expected to converse in Hindi.